Outrage over the NSA's Data Collection is Hypocritical in the Public's Acceptance of Data Mining by Other Companies

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Outrage Over the NSA's Data Collection Is Hypocritical in The Public's Acceptance of Data Mining by Other Companies.
Everyone assumes that Edward Snowden first brought to the public’s attention the actions by the National Security Agency (NSA) in the mining of public data. (The Guardian and The Washington Post on June 5, 2013). “The release of classified material was called the most significant leak in US history by Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg”. (Gellman, B., Poitras, L. 2013). This was first reported by USA Today. ( Cauley, Leslie. 2006). There was no public comment at this time and it faded from memory. Recent events by the NSA have created public outrage about this invasion of privacy and expressed incredulity at how this could happen or even that it was possible. Although it had been reported previously, the American public seemed to accept it and moved on.
Wireless technology has been around for decades. There is a part of the American population which is older and remember the two party phone lines where you could eavesdrop on others conversations surreptitiously. Younger American’s, who used cordless phones knew of the capability to capture conversations of others and allowing a third party to eavesdrop secretly just like two party lines of the past. The younger generation now relies less on landlines and cordless through the invention of cell phones.
Cell phones give us the freedom of movement and the ability to keep in touch much easier. Where we used to hold conversations in the privacy of our homes and we were comfortable that our conversations were private, we now are out in public more. We hold these conversations with our cell phone speakers turned on or the two way feature and feel our privacy is bein...

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