The documentary film "CITIZENFOUR" showing in Victoria, gives a first-hand account by Edward Snowden of how government surveillance has changed our world forever. It will make you think about everything you say in an email, in a phone call or when you use your credit card.
We are experiencing the privacy vs. security debate everyday with the pressing need gather information on the terrorists next move, down to a more personal level of finding out what our business associates, politicians and our partners are up to.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of trans-Atlantic unity, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged a joint effort on Friday to fight domestic terrorism following deadly attacks in France. They also strongly urged the U.S. Congress to hold off on implementing new sanctions on Iran in the midst of nuclear talks.
Cameron said he had called some senators Friday to make the case for holding off on new penalties.
The prime minister arrived in Washington with a request for Obama to help persuade U.S. technology companies to give governments more access to encrypted communications that terrorists may use to plot attacks. Cameron’s policy proposals have stoked concern on both sides of the Atlantic about the prospect of security efforts encroaching on privacy, particularly in the wake of the 2013 spying disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
‘‘As technology develops, as the world moves on, we should try to avoid the safe havens that would otherwise be created for terrorists to talk,’’ Cameron said.
Obama didn’t take a position on Cameron’s proposal, but he did say it was important to be able to keep tabs on terrorists who are using social media and the Internet.
‘‘When we have the ability to track that, in a way that is legal, conforms with due process, rule of law and oversight, then that’s a capability we have to preserve,’’ Obama said.
American Internet companies, concerned about keeping the trust of individual and commercial customers around the world, have sharply criticized government eavesdropping programs revealed by Snowden, the former NSA analyst. They have also publicly supported legislation aimed at restricting future surveillance.
In addition, Google, Facebook and other companies have expanded their own encryption programs to protect customers’ communications in the wake of the Snowden revelations.