Richard Dunlop-Walters has an excellent break down of PRISM and the NSA, so if you don’t want to read all the details, but want to be informed — Dunlop-Walters’ summary is your best bet.
The Verge also has a good synopsis of President Hypocrite, I mean, President Obama’s remarks on the matter. President Obama’s comments largely can be summarized by: “Dude, totally legal, chill out. Can’t we all just snorkel this out?”
What an asshat.
I’ve long assumed that calls, texts, and emails are not really private.1 Sure they are private from the average Joe, but not for the mighty “intelligence community”. What’s actually bugging me most is the file aspect of this. Because Microsoft, Google, Apple — they all store files for users. These files could, and many probably are, sensitive in nature — at least sensitive enough you’d actually care that the government is/can be looking at them at will.
Side note: This makes Justin Blanton all the wiser. He requires that you use an encrypted text client called Wickr to text with him. ↩