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Online privacy got a blow when PRISM broke, but for Canadians, they may never know what impact it truly had…

When news broke that the NSA was unconstitutionally collecting digital information on American citizens, the world cast a eye on the U.S. and questioned the intent of whistleblower, Edward Snowden. The documents point to nine major Internet companies who allegedly opened their servers to government surveillance: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Facebook, PalTalk, YouTube, Skype, AOL and Apple.

The purpose is to allow intelligence agencies to collect information that passes through American shores. A Canadian logging into Facebook is as much a target as an American subscribed to Gmail. This is detailed in the top secret documents that were submitted to the court that oversees surveillance by US intelligence agencies. The document, published on The Guardian, shows orders which allow the NSA to make use of information “inadvertently” collected from domestic US communications without a warrant as well as procedures to follow in order to target “non-US persons”.

Normalizing Big Brother in a digitally integrated world somehow has made the fight for privacy an admission of guilt. It is not.
While foreigners don’t have any direct ability to impact legal change in the U.S., there’s much that can be done to support change regardless of nationality. One of which is to question their own government’s participation in domestic spying initiatives as well as their complicity in and knowledge of programmes that seek to destroy a basic human right to privacy.

Canada’s has it’s own shadowy surveillance agency, the Communication Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), whose first line of defence, according to the Globe & Mail, “is that hardly anyone has ever heard of it.”

The mandate of CSEC is an assurance that the agency is “strictly related to foreign intelligence, as prescribed in the National Defence Act. CSEC is prohibited by law from directing its activities at Canadians anywhere in the world or at any person in Canada. CSEC has rigorous procedures in place to ensure that it adheres to this prohibition.” 

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The moment I realized I had forced all my friends to watch AfroSquad, I knew that talking about Internet culture was where I was meant to be. Between reddit, Nat&Marie and eating junk food, there's just enough time for my personal blog Karmacake.com. That is all. That is it. Oh. Instagram: Karmacake


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  2. johnnterry

    July 24, 2015 at 8:14 am

    why can’t you give me more?

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