At the recent Joe Rogan podcast, Edward Snowden explained how carrier networks and tech companies collectively use smartphones to spy on us.
But this time, he is pointing fingers at Facebook. In a forthcoming interview on the Vox’s Recode Decode podcast, Edward Snowden says it’s a “mistake” to think that tech companies are lesser of a threat to privacy than the NSA (National Security Agency).
Whistleblower Edward Snowden is a former NSA employee who is living the life of a political refugee in Russia for the last six years.
Back in 2013, Snowden leaked several classified government documents to international media, therefore, revealing the unethical mass surveillance activities conducted by the NSA.
Six years after the disclosure of NSA files, Snowden told Recode’s Kara Swisher that the mass surveillance powers of tech companies such as Facebook and Google are equally worrisome as the powers of government agencies such as the NSA.
“Facebook’s internal purpose, whether they state it publicly or not, is to compile perfect records of private lives to the maximum extent of their capability, and then exploit that for their own corporate enrichment,” said Edward Snowden on the podcast.
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He also states that Facebook and Google collect an insane amount of data over the facade of “Oh, we’re connecting people.” and “Oh, we’re organizing data.”
On the other hand, Snowden showed believe that government agencies know more about users than tech companies because of their reach over different platforms.
In the conversation with Kara Swisher, Edward also talks about the bleak privacy laws that have no jurisdiction over the data collected from tech giants. He also mentions the current scenario where there is no accountability on the information stored.
“Why Google should be able to read your email. There is no good reason why Google should know the messages…Facebook shouldn’t be able to see what you’re saying”
Since the infamous Cambridge Analytica Scandal, government agencies have become more stringent on the data collection practices of Google and other tech giants. To this date, Mark Zuckerburg is being questioned about the mishaps that occurred on Facebook.
A few months ago, the state of California passed the Privacy bill to empower users over the data collected by tech giants. Meanwhile, other governments are also doing something or the other to curb data collection policies of tech companies.
However, the question is — is it enough?