4th Amendment To The United States Constitution: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
This 4th of July 2013 witnessed one of the largest protests ever witnessed against the NSA for their part in the controversial PRISM program. Illegal data mining and unlawful spying into citizens has left most of the internet users fuming over intrusion into privacy.
FightForTheFuture, a non-profit organization, affiliated with the InternetDefenseLeague, organized a world-wide online protest on the national Independence Day, officially termed as “RestoreTheFourth” movement, attracted immense support from some of the large websites in the industry. Joining the rooster was WordPress.org, Reddit, Mozilla, Cheezburger, Electronic Frontier Foundation and other high-profile websites that are dedicated to supporting movements for ensuring complete internet freedom and online privacy.
It was striking to note that the 4th of July was chosen as the date for stressing the importance of 4th amendment to all online users. It is estimated that over 30,000 websites hosted several messages and banners on their front page, describing their displeasure on the latest snooping activities performed by NSA. Internet giants such as Facebook and Google stood apart from the protests, as it was evident from PRISM investigations and subsequent reports that these companies participated in data snooping and spying to aid NSA function the PRISM program.
Over 9 million online users actively supported and promoted the protest by spreading the word through various online and offline mediums. RestoreTheFourth movement was also organized as an offline event on the same day in which over 10,000 people participated in over 100 different demonstration locations throughout the nation. There is also an online petition addressed to the congress to cease all PRISM activities and restore faith of the people in the 4th amendment to the constitution.
In an official response, the NSA retaliated that all peaceful protests, as part of freedom of speech guaranteed in the Constitution, can be exercised by every lawful citizens without interference by the NSA, unless the protests turns out to become violent and unlawful. The NSA has stressed that it will work round the clock to protect the safety and integrity of the nation.
As a strong advocate for online privacy, VPN Creative joined to support the movement by posting banners and links to the campaign which shares our views on online privacy and freedom of speech and expression. We are proud to be an active member of the Internet Defense League, and will fully support every endeavor that aims to ensure complete online freedom, anonymity and security for every lawful citizen.