Snowden Live Q&A On Trump: “Don’t Fear Trump. Fear The Risk Of Spying”

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After Donald Trump becoming the president many people have been talking about how he would affect different things.

Privacy is one of those things because the security agencies based in the US are known for their surveillance hobbies. The new elected president would definitely have some sort of impact on privacy and how the spying activities would continue in the future.

Edward Snowden, the man who made the world serious about their personal information available on the internet, will host a live stream event on StartPage–a Dutch search engine–on November 10 (4:30pm Eastern Time). Obviously, Snowden is the right person to talk about privacy considered his past experience.

In this event, he will talk about Donald Trump and privacy issues. Notably, Edward Snowden is expecting a presidential pardon.


In the interview, Snowden talked about various topics ranging from the new president-elect to his condition and what needs to be done in future. He said that technology, instead of running after legislation, should be used to achieve privacy. When we think the law is not efficient enough to protect our rights, we should start supporting the corporations, groups, and individuals–the ones who are trying to enforce your rights through science, math, and technology so that the governments start respecting your rights. “No amount of violence, no amount of military force will ever solve a math problem,” he said.

When asked about Trump

Snowden did not follow the event to talk specifically about the new president. He kept a safe distance from the name Donald Trump. But, he was prepared for such questions. When the PGP protocol creator Phil Zimmermann asked him about Trump, Snowden said he would be getting a powerful surveillance infrastructure. But, we should not set our focus on a single leader or government.

“We should be cautious about putting too much faith or fear in elected officials,” said Snowden.

“We’re never farther than an election away from a change in leader, from a change in policy, a change in the way the powers we have constructed into a system are used. So what we need to think about now is not how do we defend against a president Donald Trump, but how do we protect the rights of everyone, everywhere, without regard to jurisdictions, without regard to borders?”

Snowden did not directly talk about the impact of Trump’s presidency but he expressed his belief in one of the answers:

“Despite the challenges we have in the United States, despite the changes in government, despite some of the very concerning statements made by our new President-elect, this is a nation that will strive to get better.”

“This is a dark moment in our nation’s history – but it is not the end of history. and if we work together, we can build something better.”

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When WhatsApp announced on Thursday that it would start sharing data with its corporate parent, Facebook, some of its fans howled that the popular messaging service was betraying long-held promises to protect their privacy. But for the companies, angry users may pose less of a problem than the Federal Trade Commission, which serves as the…

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When a Hack is More Than a Hack

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Spies are constantly trying to steal things from foreign governments, and the development of hacking tools has allowed them to swipe sensitive records from thousands of miles away.

But when are hacks more than traditional spying?

Is there a line? And if so, when does one cross it?

The theft of sensitive and embarrassing records from the Democratic Party by hackers—or a hacker—is forcing U.S. officials to confront new questions about when cyber espionage poses a national security threat.

The hackers stole emails. They stole personal cellphone numbers and email addresses of lawmakers, some of whom have security clearances that give them access to top secret information.

The records weren’t just stolen. It also has been leaked to the public in a way that has proven damaging to political careers and even the security of officials. And more stolen information is expected to be released in the coming weeks and months.

It is the release of this information that is roiling—and embarrassing—U.S. officials. They are trying to understand the intent of the leaks of information about members of the Democratic Party.

Is it to shine a spotlight on the messy U.S. political process? Or is it an attempt to influence the election by damaging Democrats with voters?

“It appears to be the latest example of geopolitical ‘hacktivist’ harassment,” said Steve Grobman, chief of technology for Intel Security, a computer security company.

In 2013, Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, stole information and then leaked it, saying he did it because the American public had the right to know the extent that the government was collecting information about ordinary Americans.

In recent weeks, a person or entity self-named Guccifer 2.0 has released stolen records from the Democratic National Party and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, claiming to have done this to expose corruption in the Democratic Party.

The hacker, who many Democrats and some cybersecurity companies accuse of having ties to the Russian government, has obtained sensitive information, records that foreign spies could use to intercept communications from lawmakers.

Russia has denied involvement in the hackings.

If Guccifer 2.0 really is a spy network for a foreign country, wouldn’t the information be more valuable if it was held in secret and not shared with anyone with internet access? Wouldn’t that make it easier to eavesdrop on phone calls or monitor email accounts?

Democratic lawmakers are now changing their phone numbers, passwords, and maybe ditching their Gmail accounts.

Much could change if and when Guccifer 2.0’s real identity and motives are revealed. Is it a true-believer hacking group or a foreign government trying to embarrass the Democratic Party? Perhaps Guccifer 2.0 is someone else.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking the lead in the probe of the stolen records, though the National Security Agency also is likely playing some role if a foreign country is involved. Many people have a theory as to who Guccifer 2.0 actually is, but the FBI and intelligence community are so far providing few details and the investigation remains at a sensitive stage.

It is unclear exactly how sensitive of a stage this is. Guccifer 2.0’s Twitter account, used to communicate about the hack, was suspended on Saturday. Then it was “unsuspended” several hours later.

This article was licensed through Dow Jones Direct. This article was previously published in the Wall Street Journal on August 14, 2016.

UK surveillance bill’s logging of web activity a huge risk to privacy, peers warn — TechCrunch

A former senior chief in the UK’s Met Police and now a Lib Dem peer in the House of Lords has warned over major risks to the privacy of web users’ personal data from a provision in the Investigatory Powers bill that would require ISPs to retain information on the websites and services accessed by…

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