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Edward Snowdens Christmas speech: "privacy is important"

2014-03-21  |  Comebuy News

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has published a Christmas message from Russian exile as a video that was broadcast on the British television channel Channel 4. It recalls the value of privacy.

"A child born today will grow up without imagination, what is privacy anyway. These kids are do not even know what it's like when you have a private moment for himself - not recorded, analyzed by anyone thought", it is not even two-minute-long video. "This is a problem, because privacy is important. Privacy enables us to find out who we are and who we want to be."

As a comparison, Snowden attracted the dystopian novel 1984 by George Orwell. Represented monitoring through microphones, video cameras and TV is "nothing compared to what is possible today. We have sensors in the Pocket, which follow us anywhere."

Finally, Snowden urged protests against mass storage of data: "today's debates will determine how far we can trust our technology in the future and also the Government, which sets the rules." Together, we can find a better balance. Stops listening for mass. "Remind the Government: if she really want to know how it is us, it is always cheaper to ask instead to spy."

The British broadcaster Channel 4 each year emits an alternative Christmas message, as the opposite position to the official speech of Queen Elizabeth II. Every year, the speaker is an other - this year Snowden selected, which Russia granted temporary asylum after he could no longer count the Moscow airport Sheremetyevo in the summer due to his passport declared by the United States for invalid.

[with material by Natalie Weinstein,]

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