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Online Privacy Is Dead

Publication Date: 
October 18, 2013
Source: 
Fortune (CNN Money)
Author: 
Jose Pagliery

CIS Director of Privacy Aleecia McDonald spoke with Fortune's (CNN Money) Jose Pagliery on the government's spying activities and how there is "still a benefit to using a network like Tor" to ward off these efforts. 

The U.S. government is spying on its own citizens' online activities. The FBI was able to suss out and shut down the anonymous black market Silk Road. Even the Internet-within-the-Internet called the Tor network -- the most secretive way to browse the Web -- is being monitored by the National Security Agency.

Strong passwords and encrypted email services were never truly enough to protect users' online privacy. But recent revelations about government surveillance even throw into doubt the effectiveness of far-out measures of data encryption used by the most careful people surfing the Web.

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Still, Aleecia McDonald, a privacy expert at Stanford University's Center for Internet & Society, said there's still a benefit to guarding yourself with a network like Tor. At least you make it harder to get spied on.

"The NSA has to attack Tor users one by one, not en masse as they do with non-Tor users," she said.