Ever wondered what NSA’s data surveillance operatives do in their spare time when they’re not looking for alleged terrorist threats? They are looking at your private photos and having a laugh over snaps of your most intimate moments.
Edward Snowden has claimed that the NSA is using young and inexperienced men and women for the warrantless task of going through the public’s data. This NSA collects this data through its data centers located inside the network architecture of all major Internet and Telecommunication Service Providers.
Snowden Sheds Light on NSA’s Dirty Inner Workings
Edward Snowden has stated that data captured from unsuspecting domestic users is subjected to analysis by unprofessional personnel who tend to ridicule any explicit material that they come across. This includes intimate (often nude) photographs and any deeply personal media that people send to their loved ones.
The man has made it clear that he witnessed instances in which employees had a good time over an intimate photo they came across.
According to Snowden:
“You’ve got young enlisted guys 18-22 years old. They’ve suddenly been thrust into a position of extraordinary responsibility where they now have access to all your private records. During the course of their work, they stumble across something that is completely unrelated to their work in any sort of necessary sense, for example, an intimate nude photo of someone in a sexually compromising situation. But they’re extremely attractive. So what do they do? They turn around in their chair and show a coworker who says, ‘Hey that’s great. Send that to Bill down the way.’ Then Bill sends it to George, who sends it to Tom”
According to Snowden, such violations of basic privacy rights are fairly common at the NSA, and that there is no proper system to keep such violations in check. NSA’s employees are given far too much leverage and there is no internal policing at the grass-root level.
NSA Fails to Deny or Defend Against Privacy Penetration Allegations
The NSA did not deny Snowden’s allegations about the NSA’s inadequate treatment of public data. Instead, the NSA spokesperson Vanee Vines chose to take on a defensive role in the email she wrote in response:
“NSA is a professional foreign-intelligence organization with a highly trained workforce, including brave and dedicated men and women from our armed. As we have said before, the agency has zero tolerance for willful violations of the agency’s authorities or professional standards, and would respond as appropriate to any credible allegations of misconduct.”
Edward Snowden’s claims about the NSA’s staff’s immaturity and inconsiderate approach were intially met with skepticism but have been substantiated by the NSA’s response. Since the NSA is not denying the allegation outright and Snowden has claimed that he has witnessed such incidents taking place, the pieces fit together to create a worrying picture.
Clearly the NSA has turned into a monstrosity that is in nobody’s control any more. The spying and surveillance is now just as shameless as the blatant exploitation.
Snowden Endorses & Encourages Encryption Use
Snowden has indicated that he is ready and willing to work and assist on anti-surveillance technology. Snowden claims that such technology will help people communicate while keeping their privacy intact.
During his address at the HOPE Hacking Conference, Snowden encouraged hackers across the world to contribute towards the revival of online privacy.
He was particularly concerned about the lack of encryption by internet users on a daily basis, and recommended that technology needs to be upgraded so that more people understand the necessity of encryption.