The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and British intelligence made headlines in 2013 when whistleblower Edward Snowden turned over documents detailing the NSA's surveillance of Google, Verizon, Microsoft, and Apple users, among others. The reports included information about the NSA's powerful datamining tool, Boundless Informant, which details and maps massive amount of information collected from phones and computers. According to the documents, British and U.S. agents collected massive amounts of private information from people all over the world, as well as foreign leaders and diplomats at the 2009 G20 summit.
Spying on our phone conversations and Internet activity is not enough for U.S. and British intelligence, however. As more of Snowden's leaked information surfaces, The New York Times has reported that government spy technology is also targeting online games like World of Warcraft and Second Life. By hacking these gaming networks, the NSA can collect information about millions of people across the globe.
Documents calling online game espionage a "target-rich communication network" and "an opportunity!" reveal the intelligent agencies' alarming degree of zeal for civilian surveillance. Meanwhile, former U.S. intelligence officials, current and former gaming company employees, and outside experts alike said in interviews that they knew of little or no evidence that terrorist groups communicated through online gaming. Documents leaked by Snowden include many theories by government agents on how online gaming might be utilized by terrorists, yet no evidence of such activity was uncovered in 6 years of spying on players. Online gaming surveillance seemingly amounts to nothing more than eagerness on the part of the British and U.S. government to collect as much information, in as many ways as possible, from innocent civilians.
Please sign this petition to stop the NSA from wasting any more time and tax dollars on invasive online gaming surveillance!
National Security Agency—
Recent findings have revealed that British and U.S. intelligence has been monitoring online games, based on unfounded theories that terrorists are using them to communicate. Due to the overwhelming lack of evidence to justify this surveillance, we the undersigned ask that NSA and other intelligence agents stop wasting time and tax dollars looking for terrorist information in online gaming!