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5/14/2014
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Government Surveillance Criticism Heats Up

As book on Snowden affair debuts, several organizations take steps to restrain the mass online surveillance that Snowden investigation exposed.

Privacy advocates rally against NSA surveillance in October 2013. (Image: Stephen Melkisethian)
Privacy advocates rally against NSA surveillance in October 2013. (Image: Stephen Melkisethian)

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asksqn
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6/9/2014 | 4:00:17 AM
Funny how surveillance has increased under Obama
Except that the USA Freedom Act as passed by the House is so watered down it has weakened the entire bill particularly with regard to  Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act, and, the inability to introduce a special advocate in the FISA Court.  The bill is a joke and a half.
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5/18/2014 | 1:10:46 AM
Re: Government Surveillance Criticism Heats Up
Interesting point on the crypto Thomas. Do you think it is possible agencies just view it as an acceptable risk? I have to imagine that if spy agencies are exploiting a vulnerability, they would also have to be taking precautions to avoid it being used against them. It would be foolish not to. That it may be exploited in attacks against the average user or the private sector may be something they are willing to accept if the vulnerabiltiy can facilitate better surveilliance of terror suspects or foreign countries. 

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5/14/2014 | 11:39:51 PM
Re: Government Surveillance Criticism Heats Up
The other risk is that more and more countries will begin to pass laws that essentially insist "You can't do business here in this country (e.g. Brazil) unless you physically house user data in our country" which will be a costly problem for global companies.
Thomas Claburn
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5/14/2014 | 5:07:07 PM
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We should be spying, but within a publicly accepted legal framework. And we also need our government to understand that weakening encryption systems for easier spying makes us more vulnerable to attack, which is the very thing spying should be working against.
Randy Naramore
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5/14/2014 | 4:17:00 PM
Government Surveillance Criticism Heats Up
Snowden brought to light the NSA's program and the methods used that is true but he could have picked a better plan if he was gonna do it. I mean the NSA should not be spying on americans just as part of normal business but if intelligence has implicated an individual check them out but not everyone. Just my opinion.
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