The latest Edward Snowden revelations, regarding spying, indicate that our modern love of the Internet, and all it offers, is being used and abused by spy agencies both sides of the Pond.
Piggy-backing on apps and popular games, like Angry Birds, the authorities are having a field day. Again the revelations put into question the reasons for spying on citizens.
UK and US governments insist it is all about homeland security and protecting citizens. These latest revelations though show once again that is just hogwash. It is hard to imagine a would be terrorist playing the Angry Birds game and even if he or she did would monitoring their activity provide vital national security information? Hardly.
The allegedly cash-strapped USA and UK have been allowing their respective spy agencies, the NSA and GCHQ, to develop "capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents" reports the Guardian.
Piggy-backing on exisiting capabilities the spy agencies are able to collect a wealth of information. The extent of this data gathering and the type of personal information accessed is shocking.
Each image you upload, each time you access the Internet, Big Brother is watching you.
George Orwell may have got the date wrong, 1984, but a totalitarian western world is on its way.
Those who are not concerned about the level of spying, or maybe cannot be bothered to care (being so brain numbed by technology), may still chose to believe the spying is all carried out with the best of intentions. That is becoming increasingly difficult to believe. It appears to be about business, statistics, monitoring and ultimately controlling the masses.
America has a monopoly on many modern technological advances and it now seems that each new gizzmo is quickly targeted by the NSA and perhaps GCHQ.
This must be costing a great deal of money. Employees, buildings and the infrastructure of these agencies will cost a small fortune. Money that could be better spent improving the lives of citizens in both countries.
UK politicians preach austerity but is that just so they can waste millions on spying?
Citizens should bear in mind that the information is there; held in cyberspace; available for any purpose; available for a possible future government; one that could be restrictive or even non-elected.
Heed the warnings now.
Read the full worrying article at the Guardian here
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