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Are you comfortable with NSA collecting your personal data?

'Top secret PRISM program claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Facebook and Apple'

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/06/us-tech-giants-nsa-data

Well, all of us already knew so I don't think it has surprised anyone... but I'd like to know opinions of TED community, are you comfortable with fact that USA Gov. is continuously collecting your personal data?

@People who say 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oAKtBpdZSw

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Majority of people are annoyed by this 'data collection'. Western Govs., defenders of 'freedom' 'democracy' and 'input_word' are mere bunch of hypocrites. Although it is shocking how some people are defending NSA and these faceless entities... (maybe they are 'trolls' or NSA paid users...).

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  • Jun 16 2013: I believe before answering this question as a society we must define personal and private. The capabilities of technology has progressed by leaps and bounds while the typical inferred definitions of personal and private data have not. What does remain true is that if you are against this, you should take a stand now - it is easier to defend liberties in the onset of a perceived breach than it is to re-establish liberty after it has been taken away. As technology and society progress we must continuously collectively decide what should be and should not be public; adding to the complexity of this is the fact that no one answer will fit all, in fact such decisions will only grow more complex as the treadmill of time continues.

    I view many of my communications as private and would prefer that only those I share them with know what is contained in my communication - this though is a very unrealistic expectation as nation states use both advertised and clandestine means. Security of communications is not now nor has it ever been guaranteed. Similarly this is nothing new, it is simply one of the most advertised events in communication interception. The NSA said that it had established relationships with virtually all of the major communication companies out there, if anyone has been paying attention to the subtle signs this is very true. For at least the past 5 years the number of job advertisements for AT&T where they require technicians with a secret clearance has been increasing in virtually every major city. I began noticing this after a widely publicized event around 2005/6 claiming AT&T was installing NSA equipment allowing them to "tap" internet traffic.

    In short, this is not the first program of its type nor will it be the last. My advice remains though, no matter where you are from, if you are opposed to this stand resolute now else you might not be able to stand against it in the future.

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