Keeping an eye on the digital spies

In the digital age, regulatory oversight is playing catch-up with technology. The advent of warrantless surveillance and data tracking will raise ethical questions for lawmakers.

When news broke in June of the NSA’s secret PRISM digital surveillance program, I was in Israel with a group of Australian venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. In one presentation, an American senior executive of a global data security company railed against an irresponsible media. He believed the fourth estate was over-reacting to the revelations that the American government was tracking the digital movements and phone conversations of its own people and those abroad.

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