Regarding the ongoing controversy with the National Security Agency, this morning the Washington Post stated:
"The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to and other top-secret documents.”
Fresh Air interviewedShane Harris, author of The Watchers: The Rise of America’s Surveillance State spoke to Fresh Air about privacy in the digital era :
Any movement that you make today leaves a digital signature, a digital trail. Investigators, after a terrorist attack has occurred, go back and use all of those digital signatures and trails to figure out who these people were and how they did the plot. Why can’t we look at it before the event occurs and try to predict with some degree of certainty where we should then be focusing our attention and which people we should be closely monitoring? But to do that you had to collect all of the information available everywhere.