Professor Calls for Better Online Security in Wake of NSA Activities

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shutterstock_160092806An article on Computer World has reported that Professor Edward Felten of Princeton University recently told an AusCert security conference that we need to get serious about our online security,

He said whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks had shown that the US National Security Agency (NSA) and other agencies, including the ASD (Australian Signals Directory), had been cooperating in the building of surveillance and data collection systems.

While Professor Felten agreed that such surveillance was necessary to control terrorist activity, he argued that such surveillance needed to be more targeted and not just across the board.

One of the ways we could achieve this, he suggested, are to improve the methods used by intelligence gatherers in order to ensure greater protection of our civil liberties.

One way to do this would be to move sensitive data storage from the government to an independent custodian. Another way, suggested Professor Felten, would be to leave the data with the telcos, where intelligence agencies would then need to make formal requests to access and analyse it.

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