Attempts to Oppose NSA’s Spying Habits Proves Futile

Recently the US senate had a chance to change legislation, disallowing the NSA from having such simple access to all the data that they want from Internet and mobile service providers, but alas, it wasn’t changed, as it didn’t get the 60 votes it needed.

A host of Internet giants and mobile service providers, including Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft have come together to rally support for the bill, and were appealing to the common senses of the decision makers, but it seems that even with a democratic senate, who supports the bill, it was an unsuccessful venture.

The whole NSA issue was brought to the airfare by former security contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents showing just how much access the agent has to personal public data, how they were intercepting all communication over fibre optic lines, and that there were backdoors into hardware switches made by prevalent hardware providers.

It has been estimated, by Forrester Research Inc, that the backlash and outrage over the NSA’s constant spying is costing American companies in excess of $180 billion in lost business. This is a serious amount of lost revenue from something that the companies have absolutely no control over. Countries like Brazil are already avoiding companies that were used in the spying saga.

It’s not even uncommon practice, as Germany and China have done the same. Fears run rampant that the USA could spy on businesses and the government’s sensitive information without consent or knowledge thereof. What’s frustrating though is that the affected companies can’t fight it, and no matter how hard they try, the bill to prevent it still fails.

The slight shimmer of hope lies in the fact that in June 2015, the law that’s allows the NSA to collect info expires, and that puts them in a slight pickle. However, the Senate had been won by the Republicans, who are pro-spying and will probably allow the NSA to continue their extra-curricular activities, while leaving basically the whole world stripped bare of their privacy.

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