It’s been almost 10 years since Edward Snowden leaked information about the US Government spying on its citizens.
And I’m sure you remember how shocking that news was.
There were always rumors of Government surveillance, but now there was serious proof.
Edward Snowden revealed that they tracked people’s phone calls, texts, internet behavior, and that the government can even spy on you through the cameras in your personal devices.
This was groundbreaking news, so much so that they even made a movie about him in 2016.
But how does this affect people’s opinions today?
Recently I saw an interview clip about Elon Musk revealing that the US Government had effectively full access to everything that was going on at Twitter.
Even people’s private messages!
When I heard this, my first feeling was disappointment.
People should be outraged; this should be on the front of every news website. I felt like we had gone backwards, but then I realized something.
This is not on the cover of every magazine because….
It’s old news. Everyone knows they are being spied on, and the government has gotten less afraid of showing it.
And in some ways, that is a bad thing, because that means the Government is not afraid of the people it is serving.
But also, there is good news in it.
For example. According to the Washington post, a poll taken in 2006 suggested that 51% of people found NSA surveillance acceptable.
Then, in 2015 (After Edward Snowden became a whistleblower) a Pew Research poll revealed that 52% of people describe themselves as “very concerned” about Government surveillance.
That was crazy to me, you would imagine it would be a lot higher.
But here’s the good news, a 2021 poll reported in Security Magazine revealed that 72% of Americans are “very concerned” about their online privacy.
That is a vast majority of people, and it is only getting larger over time.
People are aware of what’s going on behind the scenes. That’s why they are opting-in to privacy-oriented products and services.
If you’re reading this, that means you are one of the many who understands the importance of privacy. But strength comes in numbers.
That’s why I am asking that you don’t forget what we deserve as humans. Whenever information comes revealing the malicious spying of the government or big tech, I recommend you share it, and speak out.
And not just that, I recommend that you opt out of their system. Even companies like Google are not “all-powerful”. At the end of the day, supply and demand proves to be the most powerful.
So, opt for private alternatives instead of corrupt big tech companies like Google.
Finally, I wanted to thank Edward Snowden for sharing this information. He made a sacrifice for everyone in America, and it is a good example of why you need to stand up for other people’s rights.
So, I will leave you with this quote from him “Under observation, we act less free, which means we effectively are less free.”
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