INTERVIEW – On the night of June 5 to 6, 2013, the first revelations of the American whistleblower were published in the Guardian. Ten years later, the specialist Félix Tréguer believes that, despite certain positive developments, m surveillance is exercised by the digital giants.
Félix Tréguer is a researcher at the Internet and Society Center at the CNRS, co-founder of the ociation for the defense of freedoms on the Internet and in particular a specialist in digital surveillance.
THE FIGARO. – On the night of June 5 to 6, 2013, the British daily The Guardian published the first revelations of Edward Snowden. What happened then?
Felix TREGUER. – The very first revelations concerned the metadata collected at UNITED STATES by the NSA to the telephone company Verizon. They were quickly followed by revelations about the PRISM surveillance program (an American electronic surveillance program, editor’s note) then on a program which, since the end of the 2000s, allows the NSA to establish partnerships with large technology companies on the exchange of data for surveillance purposes.
Very quickly, we suspect that there is a whistleblower: these are revelations of extreme sensitivity. To protect himself…