I interviewed Edward Buckley who is a software company, peerFit, about the Edward Snowden leaks. As someone who works in the technology industry, Buckley has a unique position on this issue. The Edward Snowden leaks sparked international debates on government spying.
Edward Snowden is a computer specialist and also former contractor of the National Security Agency (NSA). The government has been collecting date from technology companies. He was working for the government until he told people that they are breaking the law and doing illegal collections of data. Since then he settled down in Russia. For example, apple is giving their data to the NSA to hack into iPhones. Nothing is secret anymore the NSA has control over everything and it is an ongoing story. BBC and Aljazeera America are two news sources, which covered this story closely.
According to Buckley, people are getting scared because they don’t know if they can trust the company anymore. The government can get everybody’s data and there is a chance that they can shut down the company. Spying on companies makes leaders angry. He says that companies are getting used and if you don’t cooperate you are getting down. The government has such a big power that they can do whatever they want.
According to BBC, there has been one person named John DeLong who has been trying to ensure the system is not abused for a number of years. Great Britain spies have developed some tricks to use against nations, hackers and terror groups.
Aljazeera is a news website from the middle – east. They provide people with a slideshow of articles of the whole process from June 5th, 2013 until February 10th, 2014. According to Aljazeera America the slides reveal is that the NSA collected almost 3 billion pieces of intelligence on U.S. citizens in February 2013 alone.
I can totally understand Edward Buckley’s concerns. Technology companies are not safe anymore and it brings a lot of civil commotion to their customers. It will be very hard to stop somebody who has the most powerful position. NSA has the power and control of each one of us and it is an story which will not end so fast.