Snowden warns modern video surveillance technology will make 2013 ‘child’s play’

Yves is here. The ongoing erosion of privacy due to better tracking continues at a rapid pace. What is particularly depressing is how consumers willingly help the state of surveillance, for example, by installing ring cameras, the output of which Amazon can share with the police without the consent of the owneror using biometric identifiers on phones.

In addition to this post, another decade of Snowden revelations:

Julia Conley, staff writer for CommonDreams. Originally posted on CommonDreams

This week marks 10 years since whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed to reporters about widespread government espionage by US and UK agencies. On Thursday, a former National Security Agency official joined other supporters in warning that the fight for rights over the past decade has become more difficult due to major changes in technology.

“If you think about what we saw in 2013 and the capabilities of governments today,” Snowden said. said The keeper“2013 seems like child’s play.”

Snowden said the advent of commercially available surveillance products such as Ring cameras, Pegasus spyware and facial recognition technology has created new dangers.

ass shared dreams This was reported by the security company Ring. ran into legal problems due to security concerns and the vulnerability of its products to hacking, and has faced criticism from human rights groups for partnering with over 1,000 police departments, including those that have experienced police violence in the past, and leaving community members vulnerable to harassment or wrongful arrest.

Law enforcement has also begun using facial recognition technology to identify crime suspects, even though the softwareknown often misidentify people of color, leading to wrongful arrest and detention earlier this year, Randal Reid in Georgia, among other occasions.

Last month, journalists and civil society groups called for a global moratorium on the sale and transfer of spyware such as Pegasus, which used for targeting dozens of journalists in at least 10 countries.

Protecting the public from surveillance is an ongoing process,” Snowden said. The keeper on Thursday. “And we’re going to have to work on this for the rest of our lives, our children’s lives and beyond.”

In 2013, Snowden revealed that the U.S. government extensively monitors citizen communications, which has sparked controversy about surveillance, as well as ongoing campaigns for privacy rights by groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Fight for the Future.

“Technology has become extremely influential,” Snowden said. The keeper on Thursday. “We believed that the government would not deceive us. But they did. We believed that technology companies would not take advantage of us. But they did. It will happen again because that is the nature of power.”

Last month on the eve of the anniversary of the Snowden revelations, EFF markedthat there have been some improvements to privacy rights over the past decade, including:

  • Ending Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, which until 2020 allowed the US government to run a surveillance program that collected billions of phone records;
  • The emergence of end-to-end encryption of Internet communications, which Snowden called “an impossible dream of 2013”;
  • Stopping the NSA’s massive collection of Internet metadata, including email addresses of senders and recipients; And
  • Regulations in countries including South Africa and Germany against mass data collection.
The group noted that privacy advocates are still pushing Congress to end of section 702 the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allows unauthorized surveillance of American communications, and “take privacy seriously, especially as tech companies expand spying opportunities.” , we saw nothing significant in limiting the ability of technology companies to collect data … or regulate biometric surveillance, or close the loophole that allows the government to buy personal information and not get a warrant, let alone create a new one. Church committee to investigate intelligence community abuses,” wrote EFF Senior Policy Analyst Matthew Guarilla, Executive Director Cindy Cohn and Assistant Director Andrew Crocker. “This is why so many cities and states have had to take over the ban face recognition P intelligent policeor make laws protect consumer privacy And stop collecting biometric data without consent“.

“It’s been 10 years since the Snowden revelations,” they added, “and Congress needs to wake up and finally pass legislation that truly protects our privacy from both companies and the NSA directly.”

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