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Kareem Fahim


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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.


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


Closing Statement from Kareem Fahim

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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    Jul 6 2013: Our government is collecting and permanently (as in forever) storing every digital signal they can about all of us. Every email, phone call, text message, everything I type into Google and Facebook - all my locations as recorded by my mobile device - every photo from every camera, every drone, every satellite, every reading from every smart electricity reader - heck every library book you borrow. All permanently stored, "just in case" they need it. Permanent, as in that data will still be here 1, 5, 10, 30 years from now. Because you never know, one of us could turn out to be The Bad Guy.

    With our government's proven track record of lying to us to make excuses to go to war, and their history of locking up hundreds of thousands of innocent American citizens just because they looked like our enemy, our government can not be trusted with this awesome power. Add to that the fact that most politicians are controlled by the money of an amoral corporate elite and wealthy, and it gets even worse. [We need an amendment over turning citizens united so very badly!]

    Then add the possibility that corrupt local law enforcement will get access to this, and you get the possibility that your angry ex spouse, who knows the chief of police in Small Town, USA, and that chief of police uses some ruse to get access to every digital bit ever recorded about you, now in the hands of your ex spouse who is devoted to destroying you.

    I see only one way around this: We as citizens must deploy 100% legal electronic counter measures to prevent the collection of such data about us. At present, this is neither easy nor practical, but with enough money and effort, it can be done.

    One of the main challenges is that most people really don't seem to care. Most people don't agree with me that the potential for the worst police state this world has ever seen, is right around the corner.

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