The harms of surveillance to privacy, expression and association

Authored by


Electronic Frontier Foundation

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.” - George Orwell, 1984

On 5 June 2013, the Washington Post and the Guardian simultaneously published documents that would rock the world. The documents, leaked by ex-National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, were not the first disclosures about the United States’ vast surveillance complex, but have arguably had the most impact.