Columbia Professor says Americans should leave Facebook and Google
In the wake of the PRISM controversy, Professor Tim Wu of Columbia university wants Americans to quit Facebook and Google...
Columbia Law Professor Says Americans Should Quit Facebook And Google
In light of the leak of the NSA's PRISM surveillance program,
a Columbia Law professor and tech policy expert is saying that Americans should
give up on Facebook and Google.
In an interview with Wired, Professor Tim Wu
stated: "It's nice to keep in touch with your friends. But I think if
you find out if it's true that these companies are involved in these
surveillance programs you should just quit."
He also added: "When you have enormous
concentrations of data in a few hands, spying becomes very easy. So Facebook
and Google were always obvious targets for any government that wants to know
stuff about people."
Jill Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group,
raised another interesting point in the article with regard to the PRISM
program: why is it acceptable for the United States to ignore the privacy
rights of non-citizens? "After all, European governments respect the
rights of US citizens. Why shouldn't they do the same?"