Why should you care about government surveillance?
Why should you care about
On his first day as Director of GCHQ,
Robert Hannigan wrote in the Financial
Times that GCHQ should have more rights
to access your communications and
*People do not want social media platforms to facilitate murder
In the same article, the newspaper ran
a poll asking “Should online privacy be
sacrificed to combat terrorism?”
Yes 32.11% No 67.89%
But we’re not even aware of all the ways
government currently monitors our
The information released by
whistle-blower Edward Snowden
exposed an unprecedented level of
The new film CITIZENFOUR highlights
just how significant this information is,
and the lengths journalists went to in
order to make it public.
Here are some examples of just how
government monitors your online
activities - all of which were brought to
light by Snowden’s revelations.
GCHQ programe that collects still images
of Yahoo webchats. In a 6-month period
it collected 1.8 million images. It saves 1
photo every 5 minutes, 3% - 11% of which
contains “undesirable nudity”.
GCHQ programme used to gain access to
Gmail servers and unencrypt information.
By 2015, GCHQ hoped to have cracked
the codes used by 15 major internet
companies and 300 VPNs.
World of Warcraft spying
GCHQ use World of Warcraft to spy on
gamers, who according to their
documents, amount to over 10 million
Programme owned by GCHQ used to
monitor and collect content from
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in
real-time. It can collect addresses from
videos watched and other user
information on a daily basis.
Global text message collection database
operated by the NSA and GCHQ. Collects
200 million text messages from across the
world on a daily basis.
Series of programmes used to exploit
Nosey Smurf: Turns a phone’s mic on
Tracker Smurf: High-precision geolocation
Dreamy Smurf: Power management
Paranoid Smurf: Hides presence of spyware
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So protect yourself and if you want to
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