Does it bother you that the NSA in the United States and security agencies in Canada and other nations may be conducting secret mass surveillance of their citizens? Or are you one of those who believe that “if you got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to worry about”?

I handled a piece tonight at work about a communications conference in Montreal that addressed the issue mentioned above. Some of the speakers there hailed Whistleblower Edward Snowden as a hero, apparently.

Personally, I don’t have a problem with governments conducting mass surveillance of citizens — in countries like Canada, because I don’t think the government would be doing it for nefarious purposes. I think they would be genuinely doing it in the interests of national security.

But I would be more worried about, say, the Russians doing it because of the control they seek to have over citizens.

How about you? In the light/darkness of terrorists like ISIS and their mission to wipe out the West, do mass surveillance programs trouble you? Or do you think they are a necessity?

— Jillian