When news of the PRISM data collection and surveillance program broke in early June 2013, it shook up the cyber security debate, and called into question just how much information the US government is authorized to collect. But government data collection isn’t something that just sprang up out of nowhere – it just sprang into national attention after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked government documents about the secret government agency. Here’s a brief list of post-9/11 legislation and surveillance programs to add a historical perspective to the current government surveillance debate.
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Last week, press leaks revealed that the National Security Administration has been gathering and storing metadata from Verizon and nine Internet communication companies: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple. Regardless of how you feel about the government collecting data on its citizens, take a few minutes to click through and consider these five tips for protecting yourself from government surveillance.