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A year has passed since the American former intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden began revealing the massive scope of Internet surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency.When technology companies sued the government to release details about intelligence requests, the Obama administration compromised, supporting a settlement that allows for more detailed reporting.The U.S.A. FREEDOM Act, which was meant to stop the mass collection of Americans' phone records, is being diluted by a set of amendments that would enable the government to continue collecting metadata on millions of individuals, without their consent.Of course, Snowden exposed more about the U.S. government's surveillance activities than any other country.Immediately following the Snowden revelations, the French government snuck into a military appropriations bill the authority to dramatically increase government surveillance of the Internet, including for "commercial" reasons.In a stirring speech at the United Nations last September, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff placed her country at the forefront of this movement by promoting Brazil's historic Marco Civil bill.But the proposed bill included the requirement that Internet companies keep their servers in Brazil – purportedly to protect information from American intelligence agencies' prying eyes – while easing access to these data for Brazil's own law-enforcement and security agencies. A year ago, Snowden alerted the world to governments' egregious violation of people's privacy.
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