Online privacy in the time of Donald Trump

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States of America got everyone talking these days. What we would like to know, however, is what this decision entails on the online privacy front. Do we have any reasons to worry?

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What Snowden thinks

Edward Snowden says we shouldn’t “fear” and just carry on fighting on our own for online privacy, without expecting unwitting saviors.

Speaking from Moscow on November 10, in a live stream hosted by private browser developer StartPage, the world’s most notorious whistleblower brought into everyone’s attention our hopes concerning President Obama, for instance, who once was expected to bring an end to mass surveillance.

Then, Snowden emphasized that Trump is only one president of a much bigger world and that privacy is a global matter: “This is just one president. Politicians do what they think will gain them support… ultimately if we want to see a change we must force it through.”

He thus brought into attention recent legislative changes in Russia and China, where regulations allowing mass surveillance were passed this year.

One cannot however not worry about Snowden’s own safety in Trump’s regime. Although admitting to being crazy to dismiss a potential deal between Trump and Putin for extradition and trial, Snowden quite optimistically conceded: “If I was worried about safety, if the security and the future of myself was all that I cared about, I would still be in Hawaii.”

On this topic, back in 2014, Trump tweeted: “Snowden is a spy who has caused great damage in the US. A spy in the old days, when our country was respected and strong, would be executed”.

What Trump himself says

During his campaign, Trump vowed to “eliminate our most intrusive regulations” and “reform the entire regulatory code,” as quoted by the Washington Post. He singled out net neutrality as a “top down power grab,” predicting it would allow the government to censor websites.

Concerning encryption, Trump said he would call for a boycott of Apple products if the company didn’t reverse its strong pro-encryption stance.

The topic of NSA mass surveillance has also been debated by America’s future president. In his campaign, he said that he supports reauthorizing the USA Patriot Act and bulk cell phone metadata collection by the National Security Agency:

„When you have people that are beheading if you’re a Christian and frankly for lots of other reasons, when you have the world looking at us and would like to destroy us as quickly as possible, I err on the side of security, and so that’s the way it is, that’s the way I’ve been, and some people like that, frankly, and some people don’t like that.”

“And I’m not just saying that since Paris, I’m saying for quite some time. I assume when I pick up my telephone people are listening to my conversations anyway, if you want to know the truth. It’s pretty sad commentary, but I err on the side of security,” said Trump.

Last but not least, on the topic of hacking his enemies, Trump declared: “I wish I had that power. Man, that would be power.” As president, he will hold that power.

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What we should do

As Snowden correctly pointed out, presidents come and go, promise many things and then forget about them.

We should keep fighting the good fight and defend our own online, as well as offline, private lives through all the means we can.

CyberGhost VPN will continue to supply the world with free online privacy and anonymity solutions and try to break as many boundaries as possible by making geo-blocked global content accessible worldwide. So no matter what happens in the world, we will still be here to help turn privacy into a basic human right.

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Corina Dumitrescu
Corina Dumitrescu

A professional wordsmith, Corina has improved her writing skills through extensive experiences in journalism, advertising and marketing. Curious by nature, she enjoys learning foreign languages and discovering everything, as well as everyone around her.

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  • We should worry more about Trumps attitude to climate change, which is to dismiss it as irrelevant because he and all his republicans are heavily dependant on funding from the multinational oil corporations.
    He is unpredictable.
    Observing his actions in Scotland where with the connivance of Alex Salmond, Aberdeenshire County Council and the Police, he had a golf course constructed on a Site of Special Scientific Interest, ie the “protected” sand dunes of the Menie Estate north of Aberdeen.
    He and his cohort did not consult local residents who were pushed around and bullied by Trump and his work force.
    They lost their water supply for 5 years. See “You Have Been Trumped Too” to get the full flavour of the man.
    Trump is a bully, a liar, and a sociopath. He is an unpredictable walking nightmare.

  • I think that the people who have nothing to hide, this won’t be a security issue for them and myself. In the nature of what is happening in the world, the ISIS, and other such organizations, I would think we would like to take these organizations out because they use religion as an excuse for what they do and they spread their propaganda through the Internet to a youth that doesn’t have much credible knowledge and see themselves as heros defending what, they truly don’t know. But martyrdom is a necessary ingredient for how these terrorists groups plan and strike. So, I am sure that sophisticated technology developed to ‘spy’ on possible members is a good thing in protecting all of us. Remember suicide, professional and amateur, squads are everywhere in the world. I hate the idea but if it serves its purpose of thwarting out terrorists and more the potential people who sign on to develop into terrorist commandos, then so be it. One has to take the bad and think more of the good.

    • Hi, Stan! We advise you to watch the Snowden movie. We made a review on it too https://blog.cyberghostvpn.com/snowden-movie-review/
      We think it should make people realize that “we got nothing to hide” is not the right argument when it comes to our right to privacy. It is one of the most common arguments used by those who are not aware of the importance of their intimacy and privacy. There are so many examples of people who had nothing to hide but had to suffer because their privacy was invaded.
      We are aware that many people will give up their privacy for something they think is security. After all, each of us has the right to choose what thinks its best for him.
      Our goal is to help those that cherish equally their privacy and security.
      Thanks for your feedback!

  • Obama initially said that he would let the “patriot” act expire. Instead, he extended it several times and, when the heat got bad, he and congress superseded it with a virtual clone, the “freedom ” act, If Harry Truman had been like Obama , the east coast of the USA (United States of America) would be speaking German today and the west coast of the USA would be speaking Japanese today.

    Jim

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