Beware of Google, Skype, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Apple. Instead of being your cyber buddies they have become your ‘Big Brother’ snooping on you. The fault lies not in them, but their ‘Big Daddy,’ who has entered their servers to scour, spy and scoop up the congested universe of cyberspace. Pakistanis would never have known that their privacy was being violated, but for one young man who stepped forward to say, ‘I am the whistleblower.’ We owe a whopping thanks to the 29-year-old former CIA technical assistant, Edward Snowden.

He is the source who leaked highly classified information to the British newspaper Guardian that America’s National Security Agency (NSA) collected 13.5 billion intelligence reports from Pakistan in the month of March this year. We are on top of the list of nations the US spied on. Would you be willing to give up what Edward Snowden has given up? He has given up his high paying job, his home, his girlfriend, his family, his future and his and freedom just to expose the monolithic spy machinery that the US government has been secretly building to spy on the world. He says that he does not want to live in a world where there isn't any privacy. He says that he does not want to live in a world where everything that he says and does is recorded. The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. He stands tall among us for his bravery.

MEHNAZ SHAH,

Lahore, June 13.