Even though governments are closely monitoring internet activities, terrorists can still hide in the shadow. Telegram is designed to provide encrypted communications. With innocent citizens’ privacy being violated by the governments, most ISIS groups gain their “privacy” with Telegram.
When government claims their mass surveillance program aimed to prevent terror attacks, statistics show that they have not prevented any large attacks. When the government keeps violating citizens’ basic right, they did not effectively protect the country from terrorism. ISIS is using Telegram to communicate with each other. Even if Telegram is shut down or forced to cooperate with governments, terrorists can still find another app or use the deep web. Then why sacrifice our privacy when surveillance is not effective at all?
Theresa May, the prime minister of UK, has urged internet firms to stop terrorism materials from spreading. If terrorism is a virus, then other countries are trying to eliminate the vector, but US’s surveillance program is just trying to isolate or eliminate people with the virus. Privacy and national security are not the opposite of each other. The governments should look for more effective measures instead of violating innocent citizens’ basic right.