Here we are again, back on the topic of the secret NSA program called PRISM. Which apparently, is not so secret anymore. Since Edward Snowden’s information leak, news about PRISM has gathered momentum, making international headlines. Why has the news about this program escalated so quickly? The obvious answer is because PRISM is designed to target the one thing that Internet users are most concerned about: their privacy. Allegedly, the program allows the U.S government to access user data from nine major sites: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, YouTube, Skype, AOL and Apple.
Sound shocking? It certainly is, but this should not come as a complete surprise to anyone. Internet users’ privacy has been a constant discussion topic for decades. The Internet is an open source of knowledge for all of its users; a quick search on Google can provide your personal address, as well as pinpoint the exact location on Google Maps – useful, perhaps, but not very safe. Worrying about who is looking at your data, or why, is easy to do, but it’s not going to solve the problem. Instead, users need to be more careful about the type of personal information they are providing online. Internet users can look to any number of shamed public figures for a simple lesson in Internet safety: “If you don’t want anyone to find it, just don’t do it.” Bottom line: users should not be providing any sensitive or personal information on the Internet.
On the other hand, of course, those unconcerned about privacy could look at PRISM from a different perspective. For all its faults, after all, PRISM is a great way to automatically back up all your data and sources, free of charge . . .