Can VPN Unlimited Save You From PRISM3 min read
Each and every one of us enjoys browsing the internet for various reasons. If you were to make a scope of common online actions, you will come up with certain surfing activities that the majority of people perform on a daily basis. They include browsing through the news, visiting favorite websites, exploring new offers, shopping or checking out social media.
If you have ever had unexplainable hectic fantasies that someone is peering over your shoulder, and it is not your spouse looking for a midnight snack, you’ve probably “sensed” there is something out there that is willing to know as much about your surfing habits as possible. While Internet Service Providers (ISP) do anything possible to put your online profile together for their own purposes, you should try and stop their efforts, unless you are willing to jeopardize your online privacy.
Do major internet giants share their users’ private data?
If we would recall the popular buzz dated to the July, 2013, when the two most acclaimed news giants such as the Guardian and the Washington Post did really say that “NSA is also collecting data from multiple internet providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple. Dropbox is allegedly coming soon.” According to these publishers, NSA has a top secret program, code-named PRISM (Program for Robotics, Intelligents Sensing and Mechatronics). It is a set of administrative measures which enables the in-depth oversight of the aforementioned services’ internet traffic. Yet, the internet companies fully deny their attribution to helping the NSA user data collection.
- The Apple spokesman commented that the company have never heard of PRISM. Basically, they refused to admit the fact of providing any user information to acclaimed government agency.
- A Google spokesman refused the acclamation of providing officials with access to their servers.
- A Facebook spokesman, Joe Sullivan, the chief security officer, refused the accusations too saying “there is no direct access to Facebook servers”.
- A Microsoft spokesman said that the company turns over the data unless served with a court order.
- A Yahoo spokesman said they take the users’ privacy to its fullest extent seriously.
According to the officials there is no way the users’ data is being shared with government agencies, but the truth stays the same. You are being watched around the clock! Does that bother you at all?
Did You Know?
- USA. The NSA is commonly known to record internet metadata, but as many times as the government tried to pass on the data retention law, all the attempts have failed to far.
- Australia. In October 2014, the first bill was introduced into Parliament with requirement to IPSs “to retain data for up to 2 years, accessible without a warrant and could possibly be used to target illegal downloading”. In April, 2017, Australian Data Retention Scheme was launched. Now, in the interest of national security, criminal law enforcement and intelligence agencies have legal access to the stored metadata. The conditions will be extended until 2019.
- UK. On November 29th, 2016, the UK Government implemented The Investigatory Powers Act 2016. According to it, the UK Government access the UK residents’ browsing history from the past 12 months. It is known as one of the most invasive mass-surveillance programs.
- EU. On March 15th, 2006, the EU adopted harsh Data Retention Directive which makes the Member States to adhere fully and ensure the communication provider retain certain data from 6 months and up to 2 years depending on the country’s decision and legislature.
- Italy. According to the Italian legislature, legal data retention entered into force in July, 2015. In November 6th, 2017, Italian Parliament approved a Regulation which forces ISPs and telecommunication companies to store your electronic communications data for at least 6 years.
- Germany. It has implemented its own directive and the law went valid on January 1st, 2008 saying all communication data should be retained within 6 months.
- Slovakia. Under the legislature, the telecommunication data is stored up to 6 months, including data related to the email, internet, internet telephony and 12 months for other types of communication.
- Sweden. Data Retention Directed came into force in May 2012 although Sweden has been fined €3 million by the Court of Justice of the European Union for being late! Once again, data retention is active for 6 months.
- Czech Republic. Telecommunication data to be stored between 6 and 12 months.
- Norway. The EU’s Data Retention Directive went into effect on January 1st, 2015.
- Denmark. It has implemented the EU data retention directive with additional logging all internet flow or sessions between operator-operator, operator- consumers.
- China. Restrictive on internet censorship, China has no strict policies on data retention so far.
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