The World Wide Web seems to have become a dangerous place for ordinary Web users after ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing revelations. If you’re on the Internet, you’re under NSA survellienace—regardless of the fact whether you are in the U.S. or not.
What is worrying privacy and civil liberties advocates is the fact that the security agency goes as far as to use Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act to justify its mass collection of phone calls and emails by collecting data directly from communications providers.
The Washington Post said in a report that “Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets.”
Additionally, “[n]early half of the surveillance files, a strikingly high proportion, contained names, e-mail addresses or other details that the NSA marked as belonging to U.S. citizens or residents.”
EFF has been legally fighting against the NSA’s warrantless mass surveillance program since 2006, but statistics from the Washington Post about 160,000 intercepts they have analyzed from the Snowden files reveal that even what the NSA calls “targeted” surveillance is far from the truth.
It’s high time we start questioning the NSA surveillance…questioning why does it need to collect communications outside the scope of its work and why it just doesn’t care about what’s making all of us feel unsafe.
Why hasn’t any government oversight body so far taken a look at what the NSA actually collects? Isn’t this a real problem that needs to be addressed by the Justice Department, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or intelligence committees in Congress for that matter?
It’s time to take action now. It’s time to Stand Against Spying.
You can also become a part of the moment to push back against bulk surveillance, and know whether your elected representative is doing his job to help bring an end to warrantless surveillance by NSA.
After all, NSA needs to know how to put limits on its surveillance powers.