Why Chris liked this book:“Ed Snowden is a bit of a hero of the people. He made him aware of how people across the globe, not just the USA were being spied on. An ex NSA operative turned whistle blower. He exposed the extent of personal data misuse and abuse largely by the American government following 9/11. His work in part was a catalyst to the huge global reforms in data privacy to help protect the personal data of everyday people… which led to many changes including GDPR. You might have recently seen big tech companies including Facebook now being hauled over the coals and fined for their misuse of data. With Ed’s work, lot of people are now being more privacy savvy and cyber aware so helped them protect their own data from hackers whether state sponsored or simply scammers.”
Key Takeaways: With regards to data privacy, if you are using a service which is completely free of charge, it is likely that YOU are the product. Be careful what you are sharing and with whom.
Favourite Quote from the Book: “The president’s office, through the Justice Department, had committed the original sin of secretly issuing directives that authorized mass surveillance in the wake of 9/11. Executive overreach has only continued in the decades since, with administrations of both parties seeking to act unilaterally and establish policy directives that circumvent law—policy directives that cannot be challenged, since their classification keeps them from being publicly known.”
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