Verizon wants to protect your privacy, challenges NSA’s metadata collection


There are a lot of talks about privacy and security whether online or offline. We recently heard about a US judge ruling that it’s okay for the government to check on an e-mail account even if stored outside the US as long there is a search warrant. And then there’s the issue of the government snooping through the NSA’s metadata collection. There’s a report that says Verizon is challenging the ruling and its constitutionality.

Verizon is believed to be saying that privacy should be respected but FISC Judge Rosemary Collyer agreed with the NSA that people have “no legitimate expectation of privacy” especially when data have been handed to third parties, in this case, telecoms like the Big Red. NSA’s surveillance is deemed unconstitutional but a judge sided with the previous ruling.

Verizon has not confirmed if it has indeed challenged the constitutionality of this surveillance by NSA but. We can regard this as a rumor but a rumor with teeth. I believe it’s about time we look deeper into the activities of NSA. While I really don’t think there is total and absolute privacy in the Internet, I believe in such a thing called ‘respect’.

What do you think about this issue?

[via Engadget]

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  • Tom

    “Verizon wants to protect your privacy”

    That headline is a complete LIE. Verizon just announced a new tracking device that will quietly install on your computer anytime you visit their web site. The so-called purpose of the device is to present you with a better ad environment. This device will not only track your actions on Verizon’s site, but will report back to Verizon your entire browser usage. Additionally Verizon stated that they will market (sell) your data to third parties.

    No Verizon doesnt give 2 squats about your privacy. Any NSA issues they respond to are either purposed to reduce capital expenditures required by govt tracking/data retention, or a sham PR piece to position VZW as a “good privacy” sitizen