Big Brother is watching


Big Brother is watching

According to top-secret documents provided to The Washington Post by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, the NSA has amassed millions of data points from phone records, emails, instant messages, internet profiles, online bank records, and more. According to an NSA document, on a single day in 2012, the NSA was able to collect as many as 444,743 email address books from Yahoo, 105,068 from Hotmail, 82,857 from Facebook, 33,697 from Gmail and 22,881 from other sources. In an attempt to justify its actions, the NSA maintains that the sweep is part of the US government’s counter-terrorism effort and aims to detect information and relationships that might have an impact on US national security. The ultimate goal set out by the NSA is to spot potential terrorist activity online.

Now the question is, is it ethical for a government to invade its citizens’ privacy in the name of national security?

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