Surveillance in cyberspace isn’t necessarily a new thing, we’re just becoming more aware of who is housing all of this information. Every move we’ve ever made in the internet has been tracked and stored somewhere. Only then, we didn’t know who had that information. The difference now is that we do, for the most part. Just remember though, just because information is being collected and stored, it doesn’t mean anything is really happening to it. No matter what the data is, it’s proved much cheaper to gather and store it than filter through it (Mitew, 2014).
This surveillance is making people more wary though. Are people beginning to feel unsafe when they access cyberspace? Early in the year, the Australian government passed a highly controversial data retention law that permits phone and internet providers to store up to two years worth of the users metadata. The laws permit a large number of security and policing agencies to access this metadata to thwart acts of terrorism and prevent serious crime.
Do you think it will work?
Mitew, T 2014, Dark Fiber: Hackers, Botnets, Cyberwar [Part 1], Online Video, YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNRjkVVYOzE&list=PLiPp71qLKusXOU1bKxHVappCbRNN3-J-j&index=39