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David Byrne on NSA surveillance

David Byrne on NSA surveillance

Talking Head's front man voices concerns


Image: David Byrne
Image: David Byrne

Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has turned to his online journal to criticise NSA surveillance programmes. Discussing the amount of intelligence these govornment bodies have on individuals, Byrne also voies his concern on breaches of privace on the Internet, highlighting Google and Amazon:

"Some folks have written that these developments imply that the web needs to be regulated. I do think we need regulations and laws to reign in parts of ourselves and our behaviour. Many people will agree that banks need to be regulated and we're not supposed to take the law into our own hands. All social animals have "rules" that allow their communities to function. I may not love the cruel social hierarchies that many social animals live by, but the rules of behaviour do seem to serve a function. Does that mean we need rules on the web? Lots of folks will complain about that and lots of big businesses will do much more than simply complain. The ad-based web companies like Google and the rest can't function unless they track us, so they will have zero interest in allowing us to have our privacy back."

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