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Americans today are upset over the spying of their online communications by NSA. If you think hard over it, why should you worry about it; after all, it is being done to protect and safeguard our lives. Quite frankly, NSA spying should be least of our problem unless you have malicious intent or activities that are detrimental to national security. What could NSA do with your data if you are not a direct or indirect threat? Nothing! They are not interested! NSA is not in the business of data mining and analytics. From the perspective of NSA, they have an insurmountable job protecting Americans by looking for a threat ‘needle’ in the ‘haystack’ of online activities of 300M+ Americans!!!  That is a daunting task, yet NSA has been successful in keeping us safe since 9/11. 

The whole NSA episode has enabled free online service companies to shift the focus of privacy and security on NSA’s surveillance.  We are being distracted from the true risk of privacy and online security. NSA has no interest in you if you are not a national threat however all these FREE online service providers have a deep interest in your online activities. The more they know about you, the more money they can make. When making money is the motivation, history remains the witness of how far one can go. We should really be more worried about what these companies are doing with our personal and private data and online activities than NSA.  Clearly, your online psychological profile is being built to render targeted ads to you.

The government spying on everyone is not a violation of privacy. We get pat-down and screened at the airports for security screening.  If we think hard over it, why we should worry about it; after all, it is being done to protect and safeguard our lives. 

The fact that the government has access to our private data should only concern you ‘if you are a bad guy’. People are misled to believe that government surveillance is the biggest privacy issue in the world. If you are not a person of interest, your data is weeded out.  Rather, we should worry about the companies collecting data about our personal life that reflects our personal interests, which when known can be utilized against our interest. Unfortunately, the government has been made a scapegoat on privacy invasions by internet companies.

 The more these companies know about you, the more money they can make. When making money is the motivation, history remains the witness of how far one can go. We should really be more worried about what these companies are doing with our personal and private data than the Government and its national security department.