The creator of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee who, along with his friends at CERN, created the first website has said that he is “deeply concerned” about how much companies know about us from what we do online.
His worries have been brought up after the recent news of the PRISM system which allows the NSA (National Security Agency) to harvest all of our emails, Facebook messages and anything else we post online, without our prior permission.
Unwarranted government surveillance is an intrusion on basic human rights that threatens the very foundations of a democratic society
He calls on web users to demand better legal protection and due process safeguards for the privacy of their online communications. The web is so important to us now that we forget that anything we do online can be tracked back to us and that it is very easy to find out a lot about a person simply via searching social networks. So make sure you’ve changed your Facebook privacy settings and are not giving out personal information on the web.
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