NSA Tactics Dividing People and Obama Standing in the Middle
Barack Obama has completed a warm speech about his goal to reform the tactics of NSA, but the hits just keep on coming! There have been claims about the NSA conducting an illegal spy program monitoring people and collecting metadata without the consent of Internet users. However, the White House has rejected the idea that such collection is indeed illegal. On the contrary, people inside the Government state that this is in fact a legit process and that the results are amazing and fruitful towards the protection against enemies of all sorts.
In particular, there is an independent organization called Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB for short). This board has filed a complaint as a result of a report, in which all the violations of privacy occurring during the “215 program” are stated. Even though the result has not been what PCLOB would have hoped to be, they will still continue taking action and monitoring the impact of other NSA tactics. For instance, the Prism program focuses on the data of non-US people and most importantly the people who have been suspicious of acts of terror and similar threats. Still, such a distinction between US and non US people cannot be made clear and there is grave concern of mass data collection to the benefit of prying eyes inside NSA.
The efforts of Barack Obama have been accepted with scepticism and the President aims at bringing the two different sides of the coin much closer than they now appear to be. After all, grabbing hold of personal information can be proven to be crucial and especially for the US Government. Such advantages deriving from collection of metadata can be found in the book of Allan Friedman called “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everybody Needs to Know”.
Under such circumstances and till the future proves us wrong, we will stress out the paramount value of online protection, such as VPN. This is in fact an important asset in the hands of everyone interested in keeping his personal info private, just as it was supposed to be from the start.