Monitoring Internet Usage
A website has recently been launched to call on the US Congress to launch an investigation into the NSA's monitoring of internet usage. This group is comprised of more than 80 rights groups and internet companies.
5 June: The Guardian reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon under a top secret court order
6 June: The Guardian and The Washington Post report that the NSA and the FBI are tapping into US Internet companies to track online communication in a programme known as Prism
7 June: The Guardian reports President Obama has asked intelligence agencies to draw up a list of potential overseas targets for US cyber-attacks
7 June: President Obama defends the programmes, saying they are closely overseen by Congress and the courts
8 June: US director of national intelligence James Clapper calls the leaks "literally gut-wrenching"
9 June: The Guardian names former CIA technical worker Edward Snowden as the source of the leaks
World Wide Web Foundation
The site is backed by the World Wide Web Foundation, a group founded by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web is founder of the World Wide Web Foundation which is backing the site.
David Drummond, the chief legal officer for Google has written to the US Attorney General seeking permission to publish "aggregate numbers of national security requests, including Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Fisa) disclosures". In the letter Mr. Drummond said "Google's numbers would clearly show that our compliance with these requests falls far short of the claims being made. Google has nothing to hide,"
Microsoft said that greater transparency on the requests "would help the community understand and debate these important issues''.
Facebook wants "a complete picture of the government requests we receive, and how we respond" said Ted Ullyot, Facebook's general counsel.
"Prism" is the name of the surveillance program which was leaked by Edward Snowden (a former CIA employee).
How do you feel about all of your internet activity being "monitored" by the Government? How do you feel in regards to all of your phone usage being recorded, monitored and accessible at any time? Let us know in the comments below!