Sunday, June 09, 2013

Beware .. US spy agency is watching you

- Chellamuthu Kuppusamy

The movie Enemy of the State is about the National Security Agency of the United States. The recent news item indicates that the personal details of people around the world from google, facebook and the likes are accessed by NSA’s spying program PRISM that has direct access to customer personal details. CEOs of Google and Facebook have denied the charge.

The US agencies, any intelligence agency for that matter, is capable of accessing data from the servers lying in that country. There is no wonder if the news is true. In fact it should be shocking only if it is found to be a false allegation. But what makes it interesting is the ruthlessness and efficiency with which US is able to achieve it. On the same notes, countries such as India are struggling with the data collection of its citizen and the ambitious program of adhar card is attempting to bridge the gap.

Perhaps facebook (and therefore the US surveillance agencies) have more personal data of Indian citizens than few government agencies in India. This is perfectly vouched by Barack Obama, ‘ "You can't have a hundred percent security and also then have a hundred percent privacy and zero inconvenience. You know, we're going to have to make some choices as a society.’

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