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Old 26-December-2013, 18:01
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News! Edward Snowden Sends an Alternative Christmas Day Message

Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden appeared in a televised Christmas message released to the British public by Channel 4 on Wednesday, December 25th.

Watch the video on YouTube, courtesy of Associated Press.

Eric Snowden offers a grim assessment of individual rights and personal privacy, saying:
A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all.
What makes the collection and analysis of the globally collected meta-data is actually a very thin thread. The fact that it is not scrutinized by a human being is what this relied upon. This simply has to change!
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Old 26-December-2013, 21:47
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Gosh I thought I had missed another message from the Royal Family.

It also seems that much of our loss of privacy is also associated with the willingness we are anxious to volunteer information to put on social media sites.
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Old 26-December-2013, 23:25
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It also seems that much of our loss of privacy is also associated with the willingness we are anxious to volunteer information to put on social media sites.
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I agree with you 100%!

One has only to consider how attempts to wrap Internet and computer/device Users in cotton wool has led later starts to be a lot less security conscious. Just think of the explosion of Internet Usage stats, with people using Laptops, Tablets, Smartphones, etc. as their first real experience of the Internet. They jump right in and get on with the fun stuff and have very little knowledge of best practices insofar as protecting both themselves and their personal detail. Not only is the Internet not secure enough for this but the Companies that offer these potentially addictive services, all feed back data on their users to the NSA among others, who in turn share the data with other security agencies globally.

Facebook has admitted that regardless of what it does to enforce the real-name policy, 8.7 percent of its accounts are using fake names, or about 83.1 million out of 955 million users worldwide.
Source.

However, we should only really speak about PRISM and the harvesting of meta-data in relation to this topic rather than actual data, which may be unwise to reveal anywhere on the Internet, even if considered private. Nowhere is actually private.

By meta-data, we are referring to who you call and how long (i.e. phone records). We are referring to who you may email and who emails you and when. FaceBook and the like are a boon, recording all the people you interact with and when. Also recorded are pages visited and links clicked. By rights, only when the meta-data has been analyzed and something suspicious found is a Court Order sought for the actual data involved and this too has been mandatory stored, just in case it may be needed for this purpose. ISPs record all our activity too. The list goes on! We can do little these days without it being known about and just why should this data be made available to all these foreign Governments?

You will never catch me with a FaceBook or Twitter account because I refuse to feed these data miners. Unfortunately, I had to create a Google account but its use is restricted to a single browser and only for certain purposes. I was generously offered an iPad before Christmas and I turned it down. I really like the thought of having one but I object to Apple knowing everything I do with it.

Anyone know how much Microsoft were paid by the NSA to buy Skype and make what was once a secure service insecure? No Skype for me either!

We are tantalized and teased with these services and how exactly are they funded? Well, adverts do not cut it these days. Use your imagination.

If this news is new to anyone, the Guardian has wrapped it all together.
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Old 27-December-2013, 23:30
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I gather he is in Russia for his holidays ! That's nice of him .me thinks!
On a more serious note of govts telling there citizens on what they are allowed to look at on the internet is getting worrying >?
Porn today and tomorrow???
I believe the whole point of the internet was that it was to be opened and no govt intervention would be allowed . well sorry to say we have allowed or the ISP providers been leaned on and allowed Govt intervention on private surfing.
I wonder how far they will go ? ie what China has done to there citizens maybe !
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