A look at modern privacy
By Robert Beiler — Tech Editor
The government spies on your email. Your boss checks your Facebook. Someone sold your email and now you’re getting spam. If all of this sounds familiar, you may have been thinking about internet privacy. While discussions about the ramifications of the internet on privacy have been going on for years, internet privacy has been a hot button topic since 2013.
With the reveal of the PRISM program run by the National Security Agency (NSA) by former contractor Edward Snowden, more citizens both American and abroad are thinking of what privacy means for them more than ever. While the initial report of blanket phone data collection had been a shock to many, subsequent revelations about the extent of the tracking have led to a suspicious view of the American government worldwide.
What does this mean for the average person? To paraphrase, the reports about the NSA’s PRISM program gave them unprecedented access to backdoors from major web content holders including Facebook, Apple, and Google. While it has been vehemently denied that it would be used in this fashion, this means the government had been given near full access to emails, messages, posts, and pictures stored on these sites.