Large Percentage of American Phone Conversation Stored by NSA
According to the whistleblower William Binney, the NSA stores around 80% of all calls Americans make. This information is quite shocking, since this clearly goes against the 4th amendment. Law abiding citizens are entitled to their privacy, until the very moment a sound suspicion exists against their person.
Storing phone information without any cause and reason looks more like espionage and population control, rather than any lawful behavior.
Is Our Privacy Safe?
The world has become a safer place since 2012 and crime statistics steadily fall, yet our privacy seems to be constantly fought over by congress and businesses. One can’t be sure when a conversation is private anymore and what information can actually be kept secret.
Phones and mobile devices are easily intercepted and most landlines are also watched by governments.
Intercepting phone calls can have great legal benefits when there is a sound reason to spy on someone, like for instance a known drug dealer. This behavior, on the other hand, goes clearly against the 4th amendment when it comes to law abiding citizens.
In truth, our privacy isn’t safe and it sadly never was.
Every government desires control to some point and we sadly have had enough warning in the past on how our rights are being stepped on behind our backs. In today’s society, the smart citizen fights for his or her privacy. You can’t naturally expect it anymore.
We can also expect that CISA, the new cybersecurity information sharing act, won’t do much in keeping our private affairs unknown. Private information has been abused before with the excuse that it was done for security purposes, as senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall said.
The NSA will draw security from our calls even when there is no lawful reason to do so and the information has no connection to security threats. Through CISA the government will draw personal user information from other companies, learning things about citizens that have no connection to criminal activities.
The 4th amendment clearly states that there has to be just cause to suspect someone to intrude into their privacy. The broad definition of cyber-security information in the CISA act allows for the government to spy on its citizens with no prior suspicion or reason.
What Does the Future of Digital Privacy Look Like?
Sadly, there is a huge room for improvement at the moment. Citizens should take measures to ensure their privacy, by using VPN or similar privacy enhancing services.
Your private information can and will be used against you if anyone finds cause to do so. The possibly 80% of calls stored by the NSA are a clear warning that there isn’t a lot of respect for the people’s rights when it comes to being safe in your own home and your private conversations.
If you care for your constitutional rights, NOW is the time to do something about this situation and take your privacy protection into your own hands!