NSA’s Indiscriminate Spying Crosses the Line

The NSA spying scandal has brought to light the dark side of big data now that personal information can be accessed and processed in such enormous quantities. IESE Professor Sandra Sieber says that, while there are legitimate arguments on both the security and privacy sides of the debate, the real issue is one of transparency.

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Revelations that the United States security forces have been screening millions of calls in France, Germany, Spain and the Vatican and have monitored the German chancellor’s calls for over 10 years have caused outrage and have thrown open the debate about security versus privacy. Professor Sandra Sieber says the scandal shows not only how regulation has failed but how the privacy versus security argument is meaningless unless a third dimension, transparency, is included.

‘Here we see how regulation is actually not happening properly because what we’re seeing is that there’s this false debate about security versus privacy, right? And we’re doing that just assuming that since we can collect all this data, we just do that and in this way we can ensure security.

Another option obviously would be not to collect all the data, but to become more intelligent in collecting some data. We’re always talking about the issue of security versus privacy and I think there’s a third dimension missing, which is transparency. Transparency is actually the most important thing. Because in a world in which information can be collected so easily, we need to know who is collecting what and we need to know, probably not everything that’s going on, but we need to be able to make the right questions. ‘Is this happening with me?’ Because if we don’t do that, we will create a society of mistrust and mistrusting relationships, which is exactly what in the current state has happened between Germany and the US’.

About Sandra Sieber

Sandra Sieber is a Professor of the IS Department at IESE Business School in Barcelona. Her studies center around the impact of new technologies on organizations and business models.

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    It is very simple to fix this whole problem, and that problem seems to always be the USA. Everyone in the world and even the USA needs to boycott itself. They also need to know where there data is going and ensure servers that do not touch USA. This is very simple to do but does have a cost.

    The alternative, do nothing. If you do nothing, you may ask what is the USA doing with your data. They are using it to make money plain and simple. It is not for terrorism or any other grand adventure. It is to take the worlds money plain and simple just like playing poker and knowing your opponents hand. If a company is ignorant enough to not secure their business without the USA and NSA spying, then using them is a sure fire way of destroying your business by espionage and stealing.

    Microsoft has back doors to all its products. This includes getting rid of all microsoft products like windows and replacing it with Linux. People around the world should start writing for open source code to help linux work for the world. All companies should provide tech support and drivers for Linux.

    Cisco routers have back doors to all their products and allow the USA companies in the know to learn secrets to your business.

    This does not mean simply just use new encryption software. These companies built back doors and even your best encryption is not safe. Worse anyone can access your networks once the back-doors are released to the hackers.

    Once trust is lost it is lost forever, and these corrupt American companies do not deserve another penny. They got funding from the USA government to take your information, and what should piss you off is they have it all right now. You have to change the game of your world business today.

    Educate the next generation and your business partners. No companies in the USA on your servers period. Boycott Microsoft, Skype, XBOX, Verizon, Google, Cisco, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Level3, Paltalk and there are 50 companies total so far look them up.

    Follow the work of the BRICS nations (Brazil,Russia,India,China,South Africa) and Europe and start to build a wall around the USA. Even Australia, you need to switch sides and abandon the USA for good. For every dollar you refuse the greater the world becomes and the more money you keep in your pocket. This includes, don’t forget, boycotting the rest of all businesses in the USA. Make the USA hurt until it turns against itself and stops screwing with the world.


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