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Today's Surveillance Technology Makes 2013 Look Like 'Child's Play,' Snowden Warns

• By Common Dream

With this week marking 10 years since whistleblower Edward Snowden disclosed information to journalists about widespread government spying by United States and British agencies, the former National Security Agency contractor on Thursday joined other advocates in warning that the fight for privacy rights, while making several inroads in the past decade, has grown harder due to major changes in technology.

"If we think about what we saw in 2013 and the capabilities of governments today," Snowden told The Guardian, "2013 seems like child's play."

Snowden said that the advent of commercially available surveillance products such as Ring cameras, Pegasus spyware and facial recognition technology has posed new dangers.

As Common Dreams has reported, the home security company Ring has faced legal challenges due to security concerns and its products' vulnerability to hacking and has faced criticism from rights groups for partnering with more than 1,000 police departments — including some with histories of police violence — and leaving community members vulnerable to harassment or wrongful arrests.

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