Inside Story

US debates private and state internet surveillance

The US continues to debate how much personal data the NSA can collect not just on US citizens, but people abroad too.

The United States government can’t agree on how much spying it should allow on people’s telephone calls and internet data.

On Saturday, the US Senate rejected a bill that would have prevented some spy agencies like the NSA from collecting vast amounts of our private data.

The senators plan to hold another vote on May 31, but they’re divided on how to monitor not just US citizens, but people abroad, too.

It’s an important debate about our privacy.

But what about the information that private companies, like Google and Facebook collect?

Is there enough control over them?

Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault


Glenn Carle – Former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats at the CIA.

Katarzyna Szymielewicz – Lawyer, activist and Co-Founder & President of the Panoptykon Foundation and Vice-President of European Digital Rights.

Robert Pritchard – Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and Founder of The Cyber Security Expert.