My eleven years old daughter and I have been following the updates about the NSA scandal closely. We discussed about it when it came out last week-end. She asked me what it really meant for us as active internet users. I told her people presumed about the spying but had no slightest idea how big it was. After it came out, it seemed like the presumption has been confirmed. What Snowden leaked was shocking to some extent that major brands like Google, Facebook, Skype, YouTube and many more provide an entry at their backdoor to NSA for gaining the information.
Those are brands we know and which most of us access on daily basis. I told G the spying allows NSA to see which apps I purchased last week Wednesday on my iTunes account or which beauty tutorial she viewed on YouTube. These examples made it more vivid to her about the reach of the scandal. It affects all of us. This is what Snowden wanted to achieve, that people have an opportunity to express their opinion about this.
As you all know the story is still unraveling, updates are issued by the hour. Edward Snowden’s whereabout in Hong Kong is unknown. If or when he would ask for asylum, which country would he choose and how? And what would US government do about this? How would Obama’s team spin this to the nation and the world? Mind you, NSA doesn’t officially exist. How would you deny a scandal of an organ which doesn’t exist? It seems like a movie turns to reality to me.
In the end I wonder: Is this all worth it to maintain the freedom by offering the tiny bit privacy we posses?
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