Edward Snowden Privacy

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According to historians, the idea of modern privacy did not exist until the late 19th century. With the creation of cameras that captures snapshots, many people feared that cameras captured and recorded their private lives into physical forms of pictures. The fear of technology and invasion of privacy increased as technology improved drastically throughout the years. The biggest problem with the invasion of privacy occurred when Edward Snowden, a former employee of the CIA, leaked the information that U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) collects all the telephone records of American citizens. With Edward Snowden’s whistle-blowing regarding government surveillance, citizens of the U.S. started to distrust the government in terms of privacy.…show more content…
For example, President Obama stated in his statement on NSA, “This program [The Patriot Act] does not involve the content of phone calls or the names of people making calls” (“Obama’s Speech on N.S.A. Phone Surveillance”). In his speech, Obama emphasized that the government only collects the surface information like phone numbers, not the content of phone calls. Although Obama’s statement demonstrates the non-harm of the NSA, Edward Snowden disagrees. With the interview with John Oliver on Oliver’s satirical political show, Snowden states, “[The NSA] are still collecting everybody’s information…allows the bulk collection of Internet communications” (“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”). Snowden adds on by commenting, “[NSA] are using [surveillance] capabilities [surveillance] to make us vulnerable to them” (“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”). Snowden disproves Obama’s statement and states that the government collects every information from everyone. In addition, Snowden states that while the government may not use all the information gathered, the officials still contain vulnerable information that can harm every American citizen. While the government disagrees with the Snowden’s statement that the government does not collect every single data, Snowden still proves them wrong and still strongly proves that the government data collection amasses all the information and the government must change the protocol of data
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