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Looking Back One Year After The Edward Snowden Disclosures - An International Perspective

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CO-TRAVELER: Under this operation, the US collects location information from global cell towers, Wi-Fi, and GPS hubs. This information is collected and analyzed over time, in part in order to determine a target's traveling companions.

OLYMPIA: Canada's program to spy on the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy.

BLARNEY: A program to leverage unique key corporate partnerships to gain access to high-capacity international fiber optic cables, switches and routers throughout the world. Countries targeted by Blarney include: Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, and Venezuela as well as the European Union and the United Nations.

and much more ....

While the Snowden revelations have proved invaluable in confirming the existence of global, cross-border spying by the NSA (and its four primary allies), the governments of the affected billions of Internet and telephone users have been slow to fight back. In some cases, America's allies might be holding back because of their own tangled complicity in this shared network -- or else, like Russia and China, they have their own pervasive surveillance networks and arrangements to protect.

But now that a year has passed it's clear that we need to update both our global technical infrastructure and local laws, consistent with long-standing international human rights standards, in order to regain any reasonable degree of privacy. Specifically, we must end mass surveillance. Politicians in every country need to stand up to the NSA's incursions on their territory; the United States needs to reform its laws to recognize the privacy rights of innocent foreigners, and the international community needs to set clear standards which makes any state conducting mass surveillance a pariah.

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