[A] lot of what lets the NSA spy on this stuff in bulk, rather than kind of picking their targets and going for them […] is things like the advert tracking cookies or bad security from the Internet firms or that kind of stuff. So, yes, by all means, we—we are, in America, having a debate about the limits of surveillance law, and it’s looking, hopefully, like there might be some reforms, maybe a lot more limited than people want. But in the meantime, the tech companies and the app makers can do a lot to protect us. And I think, as people who use those, we have to make it clear that if you want change, you’ve got to let your phone maker know, your app makers know, because a lot of this [privacy violating behavior on the part of the NSA] is just piggybacking on either [tech firms’] bad security or them tracking you to try and sell you stuff. There’s kind of a bit of a relationship going on between these big companies and the spy agencies, even if it wasn’t a deliberate one.
Guardian journalist James Ball discussing his exposé on “Optic Nerve,” the NSA and GCHQ collaboration that stored sexually explicit images of Yahoo! webcam video chat users.