In case you’ve missed some of the crazy news this week, news that we’ve been steering clear of, apparently Verizon Wireless gives the NSA access to all our calls. A court document leaked revealing they give the NSA access to all our ‘metadata’ on an ongoing daily basis. Then to top that a new report surfaced that the NSA has a program calls “PRISM” that does this for tons of other major companies.
We’ve been steering clear of this news, while also looking for our tinfoil hats. But after Google’s own CEO Larry Page addressed the story we decided to drop a quick comment. Another report from The Guardian states that the NSA (National Security Agency) basically has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and many many others. And when we say direct access, we mean direct access to roam free and peek at what they want.
Obviously this brings up some huge issues, complaints, red flags, and will have those “Big brother is watching you” people extremely angry. The report goes as far as to claim PRISM allows the NSA access to something such as Google, where they can then dig through our search history, emails, attachments in Gmail, and more. The same can be said for Apple and their iMessage, iPhone’s, and everything else. That’s not cool. Reminds me of that movie Enemy of the State.
We’ve already seen countless comments from major company’s that are basically outright denying these rumors. Today however Google went a step further and their CEO basically said “what the f” in a recent blog post. Larry Page simply titled this public service announcement on their official blog as “What the…?”
Larry Page goes on to talk about this entire PRISM initiative to be completely new to him, says they take our privacy extremely serious, and only give out little bits of information in accordance with the law. My question is what’s “the law” mean these days anyways? He outright denies that the government has any access to a “back door” giving them free rein on our privacy. In the end Page states, “there needs to be a more transparent approach,” and we couldn’t agree more.
Pretty crazy and scary stuff. I think I’ll be hiding in my basement for the rest of the weekend, with the battery removed from my phone, and my internet disconnected. All jokes aside. What do you guys think?