After Snowden’s revelations: What’s changed?

Have you attitudes on privacy changed?

Author: F-Secure Business Security Insider
Date: 18.03.2015
Read Time: 2 Minutes

It’s been well over a year since the first revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden became public and he showed us, how much of our personal privacy and our companies’ privacy was at stake. The overall outcome and takeaway we should have is that even if you think you have nothing to hide it is still good to think about what governments can do and what information they can gather.

Infographic: Post Snowden Privacy attitudes

Though President Obama has called for reforms in his government’s mass surveillance polices, the one significant attempt to reform U.S. laws and end “bulk collection” of data – the USA Freedom Act — failed in November 2014. And many privacy advocates warned that even that bill was far too limited to do much good or excite the public. With the PATRIOT Act, the law passed in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, up for renewal this year, there may be a larger debate about the tactics embraced by the NSA over the last decade and a half coming.

But for now, all that has changed is that we are slightly more informed about how governments may be spying on us. Recent reports show that the personal attitude towards privacy has not changed too much, because a lot of people believe they “can’t do anything anyway”. Companies worldwide implement higher encryption and verify their security layouts. But does that help enough?

Will we just give in to an “aquarium” life and a perverse definition of “privacy”? Watch our Mikko Hypponen’s latest talk “The Internet is On Fire” and see if you’re ready to grab the microphone.

How have the Snowden revelations changed your personal views about privacy? Has your company implemented new forms of privacy protection to guard the sensible company data from governments and agencies trying to breach privacy?

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