So now we know that the US military is using PRISM to record and archive all the private communications of European citizens through Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Skype and Apple. Then again this outrageous, indiscriminate and un-American infringement of personal liberty is all for the greater good. That’s ok then. NOT.
As Green Party Digital Spokesperson Ossian Smyth says: “Terrorists will not be affected by this program – unless Al Qaeda have started planning missions by Facebook messaging and Gmail. This measure is only going to drive those people onto Virtual Private Networks that are now growing and cannot be screened.
The real victims of this campaign are European as well as American private citizens and businesses. In the past, the NSA used data from the Echelon spy programme for industrial espionage, helping US companies compete unfairly against European firms. The blanket capture and archiving of all the data of private European citizens makes a joke of our data protection laws.
“If US datacentres and networks cannot be trusted than internet services offered to Europeans should not be mirrored to US sites. The Data protection commissioner should ensure that EU private communications data hosted in Irish datacentres is not being replicated to the US.”
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- Hinkley Point C Nuclear Plant
- Same Old, Same Old!
- Climate Change: the government still doesn’t get it
- Waterford to host Convention 2017
- Challenges facing Rural Ireland
- South East Economy Continues to Stagnate
- No Minister for Environment?
- Green Party welcomes Government u-turn on introducing pay-by-weight charges
- Green TD attacks parties for putting politics ahead of country
- ‘This election is make or break for the Green Party’
- Next politician that calls to your door ask him/her to outline their party’s environmental policy
- Same as it ever was!
- So where does the Green Party stand on the 8th Amendment?
- Still looking for a reason to vote Green?