The National Security Agency has a file on me. I can hide my details from the public, but the government knows: that I listen to punk music, because of my iTunes account; the degrees of separation between myself and any given person, because of my Facebook account; how often I’ve searched for resources on the Civil Rights Movement, because of my Google account; the lost password to my 12-year-old AOL account, which I made when I was 14; and more from Internet service providers, cell-phone carriers, at least five more non-government companies who have had personal data turned over to the NSA.
My life is scattered across the Internet, but my data as well as yottabytes (approximately 1015 gigabytes) of other data has now been centralized and harvested in an NSA server farm in Utah. Email, Skype calls, video, photos, file transfers, social networking and searches have all been collected by the government without my consent.
We are in a state that collects our data and will never forget. If I should be questioned due to suspicious decade-old data, it’s up to me to defend myself. It is better to have privacy in these matters. Privacy has been guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment, but now it is being forgotten. We need to remember.
Our representatives in Congress: Juan Vargas, Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have forgotten. They have not acknowledged the issue, or have outright supported the government’s overreach into our lives. Our representatives of California and the 51st District are not protecting our rights. If they are protecting anything, it is the common political party that they share with our president, which is disappointing because this is the supposed liberal party. On the other hand one Democrat from Florida, Alan Grayson wants to stop NSA spying.
I will stand with my peers against the NSA’s spying. I hope our representatives take note.