It looks like this whole NSA debacle is going to have adverse effects on the US economy as well. Thanks, Obama!
The spread of knowledge about the NSA’s surveillance programs has shaken the trust of customers in U.S. Internet companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple: especially non-U.S. customers who have discovered how weak the legal protections over their data is under U.S. law. It should come as no surprise, then, that the European Court of Justice (CJEU) has decided that United States companies can no longer be automatically trusted with the personal data of Europeans.
Source: No Safe Harbor: How NSA Spying Undermined U.S. Tech and Europeans’ Privacy | Electronic Frontier Foundation
It’s a step in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go.
After three failed attempts, the senate finally passed the USA Freedom Act on Tuesday evening. The president is expected to sign it into law later tonight.
Source: The Senate Finally Passes NSA Surveillance Reform | WIRED
A newly published Snowden leak reveals that the NSA planned to hack the Android store so that it could covertly install malware on its targets’ phones.
Source: NSA wanted to hack the Android store
Outdated technology? Barrage balloons went out with WWII. Ah, but this one is outfitted with massive civil rights violations!
In just a few days, the Army will launch the first of two massive blimps over Maryland, the last gasp of an 18-year-long $2.8-billion Army project intended to use giant airships to defend against cruise missiles.
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Thanks to overzealous spying on the part of the US government’s alphabet soup, countries are looking for ways to circumvent the massive civil liberties and legal violations that come with routing internet traffic through US servers. To wit, Brazil has probably taken the boldest steps so far–requiring US service providers to house their servers within Brazil’s sovereign territory (so they will be subject to Brazilian law) and even going so far as to plan a transatlantic telecommunications cable, connecting to their European sister nation, Portugal.
The US (and, to an even greater extent, the UK) look like they’re trying to prove George Orwell right. The question is: how do we stop it?
Hey, it’s the guy who did “Conversation With My Six Year Old Self” being brilliant again! The video really hits home about 2:01.