Digital privacy

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Digital privacy is a trending social concern[1] subsequent to the 2013 mass surveillance disclosures which cast a shadow over the privacy of cloud storage and social media. While it is concerned with the privacy of digital information in general, in many contexts it specifically references information concerning personal identity shared over public networks.

Until the Edward Snowden disclosures concerning the extent of the NSA's PRISM program, the public debate on digital privacy mainly centered on privacy concerns with social networking services, as viewed from within these services.

With the secrecy of the American Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act more widely disclosed,[2] digital privacy is increasingly recognized as an issue in the context of mass surveillance.

The use of cryptographic software to evade prosecution and harassment while sending and receiving information over computer networks is associated with crypto-anarchism, a movement invested in protecting the individual against government mass surveillance.


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