With the latest WikiLeaks revelations about the CIA – is privacy really dead?
In the week that WikiLeaks revealed the CIA and MI5 have an armoury of surveillance tools that can spy on people through their smart TVs, cars and cellphones, the FBI director, James Comey, has said that Americans should not have expectations of “absolute privacy”. Is privacy really dead, as Silicon Valley luminaries such as Mark Zuckerberg have previously declared? Not according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s executive director, Cindy Cohn. “The freedom to have a private conversation – free from the worry that a hostile government, a rogue government agent or a competitor or a criminal are listening – is central to a free society,” she said.