Viik: Privacy a Non-Issue for New Generation of Internet Users (1)
Linnar Viik, an IT expert and commentator, said in an interview that PRISM will damage America's reputation as an advocate of free Internet, but that the new generation of Internet users is no longer as concerned about privacy.
"Despite what I say or what other institutions might say, the ordinary user probably will not change his or her behavior in the Internet world. They might say that inside they feel disturbed, but that doesn't mean they are going to start giving up their Facebook friendships and closing their accounts," Viik told uudised.err.ee.
"It's paradoxical that the wider base of Internet users is not the group that feels concerned about the issue at hand - we aren't seeing any mass demonstrations where Internet users are rioting in front of American embassies and demanding to get their data back. Rather, it is the domain of government leaders, the European Commission, legal ombudsmen and many organizations that are dedicated and concerned about the topic," Viik said.
"In the case of an Internet service provider operating in the jurisdiction of the United States or any other country, it is true that our country - not only our country but most of the world's countries - cannot ensure the protection of constitutional rights and the private lives of its citizens," Viik said.
"In many circumstances, this no longer affects the new generation of Internet users. The fact that privacy is dead for us is an incomprehensible babble for them, since it is a world where we live and behave without paying attention to privacy."