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“Big brother” is already seeing almost everything. Now at least in the U.S. , he is going to look into our very intimate e-mails. Is that justified in the name of homeland security?
Israeli experts say that there must be a clear limit to the penetration of the authorities into our lives. They compare this effort to the plan of the Israeli government to build a biometric data base of all the Israeli citizens and add that there is no hermetic way to protect such data base that will include the fine details of our lives.
According to Reuters press agency , the U.S. government is expanding its Internet traffic-scanning cybersecurity program to include more private sector workers, such as those at large banks, utility companies, and “key transportation” companies, and the U.S. national security agency (NSA) will use the Department of Homeland Security as a data-gathering middleman.
The DHS will send the data on to certain telecommunication companies and cybersecurity firms for processing; those groups will aggregate certain statistics and report back to the government, which should keep some sensitive data veiled from federal eyes. This screening and data collection will be used to hunt for cybersecurity and cyberespionage threats.
The critics in the U.S. say that there is no doubt that cybersecurity is the most pressing threat to national security today, and the government should be applauded for pushing hard to protect the country. Companies providing cybersecurity services and those offering critical infrastructure services are doing their patriotic duty by working with the government to bolster national defense (even though doing so is in their best interests regardless).
However, there are some obvious and serious civil liberty issues that this program is threatening
The critics claim that It’s good that the NSA, DHS, and the White House say that they’re sympathetic to privacy rights, and it appears as though the program is cleverly designed to support those rights, but when the rubber meets the road in regard to the behind-the-scenes of national security, the words of politicians mean very little.