What is the exact reason for Global Surveillance?
And are you for or against it?
As many of you know certain surveillance programs have been put in place such as Prism and Tempora for example as leaked by Whistle Blower Edward Snowden. From my understanding these programs monitor all proprietary forms of electronic communication. Among these are Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Apple, Safari, MS Windows, YouTube and much more as well as hacking into fiber optic cables, wire taping etc.
The government states that the reason for this is to combat terrorism and serious organized crime. However quite frankly as for serious organized crime they do not operate publicly like this; if they did then organized crime would be massively reduced which it isn't and not by a long shot.
I do not put terrorists on the same par as organized criminals; I wouldn't put it passed some terrorists to brag publicly about their actions and ideas. They also strike me as having the same mentality as people from the dark ages. Then again they have an ideology that they're try and project onto the modern world. Also as for the ones that don't operate publicly there are ways to infiltrate them anyway and Western Governments have had a high success rate in combating terrorist ploys since 2011. And combating terrorism takes precedence over anything else in the interest of national security.
I think it's possible that these surveillance programs could contribute to the countering of terrorism but I am not sure about the probability. I do think it's highly unlikely however that these programs will do much to combat organized crime.
Moreover aside from the issue of an infringement of privacy there is also the issue of user data being vulnerable. What I mean by this is personal user data being stored in private and public databases for long periods time. It wasn't that long ago that the UK ISP TalkTalk was hacked into and this hack was done by a mere student. And now to top it all Theresa May recently passed a bill that would allow all ISP's along with another 47 organizations to store data for up to one year; looks like Christmas has come early for many cyber criminals out there (malicious hackers, Identity thieves etc).
To conclude points for global surveillance include (At least this kind of Global surveillance):
- A possible contribution for combating terrorism.
- A great way of catching the Nations most dumbest criminals.
Points against it include:
- Infringement of privacy.
- Vulnerability of personal user data being lost and/or stolen and ending up in the hands of malicious hackers, Identity thieves, etc.
Now what are your views?