Comment: Privacy versus security – who is right? And are aerospace journalists the “bad guys” as well?13 Dec 2013, 13:09 UTC
In the light of Edward Snowden’s leaks about just how far the US and UK intelligence and security services (CIA, FBI, NSA, NRO, MI5, MI6 (SIS), GCHQ etc) go in trawling the internet for intelligence, the eight main internet service firms (Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Yahoo) have formed a group under the banner Reform Government Surveillance group to protest against mass government surveillance and using their systems to do it.
While there is more than a whiff of hypocrisy here, given that many of these same firms are engaged in actively spying on their users for commercial gain, it is noted that until the Snowden revelations, many ordinary folk had no idea that their e-mails and facebook pages were regularly automatically read and their connections noted.
Worse is to come. In the same way that number plate recognition technology was rolled up without proper debate, facial recognition netorked CCTV surveillance systems and large scale satellite-assisted UAV surveillance look set to be rolled out in a general manner shortly. George Orwell ‘s fearful “1984″ notion of mass state surveilance is now becoming a frightening reality.
The secret NRO L-39 spacecraft mission patch Courtesy: US National ...