Naked Security: PRISM: 50% of Americans approve of NSA’s internet spying program

InsightaaS: Naked Security is a news/blog site hosted by security vendor Sophos. In this post, web consultant Mark Stockley discusses findings from a Pew Research survey on PRISM, security and civil rights, and some insight from award-winning research Joseph Bonneau on what’s wrong with the NSA.


According to data from the Pew Research Center, 50% of Americans approve of their government’s collection of telephone and internet data as part of anti-terrorism efforts.

The research was conducted by Pew between July 17 – 21, just six weeks after Edward Snowden blew the whistle on PRISM – the US government’s omnipresent internet spying initiative.

This apparent approval by a slim majority of Americans (50% approve and 44% disapprove) is all the more surprising given what else the survey has to tell us…

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