Tuesday October 20, 2020

Through a Prism darkly

It has now become clear that US intelligence agencies have the power to spy on every Irish person's email account or internet phone calls, writes Adrian Weckler.

15th June, 2013
Billy Hawkes, Data Protection Commissioner: 'The only way to deal with this is at an intra-governmental level.' Photo: Photocall

It's been quite a week for Billy Hawkes, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC). In the last ten days, the world has been exposed to the biggest communications privacy breach in the history of telephones or the internet. It's been revealed that every Irish person's Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail or iMessage account has been hacked and scanned for years by US intelligence agencies under a programme called Prism. Internet phone calls, passwords and logins have...

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