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When Edward Snowden was recently asked what the NSA did with all the nude photos they had scooped up in it’s sweeping collection of private personal data, his answer was unsurprising.
In an Interview with The Guardian, Snowden “…made a startling claim that a culture exists within the NSA in which, during surveillance, nude photographs picked up of people in ‘sexually compromising’ situations are routinely passed around.”
That means that the snoops at the NSA, with some of the most expansive and intrusive surveillance capabilities in existence can gather pretty much anything they want, whenever they want it. And with the rise of ‘sexting’, they can simply collect explicit photos that people share with each other on their phones and computers.
Should we be concerned?
Of course we should. That means that spying eyes are not only collecting our private data for analysis, but also scooping up personal photos for fun and laughs.
Snowden notes that this is actually against the law and even the NSA’s ridiculously thin policies on information abuse, for obvious reasons. But it happens anyway because, well, there’s no oversight. He points out that, after all, he walked out the front door with a treasure trove of records, so we’re not talking about people who stay on top of things.
So, yes, if you have sent somebody a nude photo, the NSA has probably seen it, and it’s probably been passed around the office. Which is yet another reason to not send naked pictures of yourself across the Internet, in case you needed any more of those.
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