Director: Laura Poitras
Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney
Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the CIA
Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. "Your rights matter," he say,
Twenty-five years after the world wide web was created, it is now caught in the greatest controversy of its existence: surveillance.
UK intelligence services have been forced to reveal a secret policy for mass surveillance of the country's Facebook, Google and Twitter users.
MI5 GCHQ Hacking the internet encryption to read your private messages. Back doors in software where allowed to gain entry. Seven ISPs from around the world have now taken legal action and making a formal complaint.
A statement from Charles Farr, the director general of Security and Counter Terrorism, explained how collecting and data mining tweets, Google and YouTube searches and Facebook posts was permitted by law due to their classification as 'external communications'.
The report, made public as part of a legal challenge by numerous civil liberties organisations against the government, classifies external communications as those sent and received outside "British Islands", regardless of whether it passes through the British Islands during transit.
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