A year after Snowden, the real costs of NSA surveillance

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(CNN) — It’s time to reset the post-Edward Snowden debate.

On the first anniversary of the first published leaks about the National Security Agency’s far-reaching surveillance programs, the discussions remain focused on the tradeoffs between individual privacy and U.S. security.

Despite government officials’ attempts to justify the value of NSA programs, experts have pointed out that the vast surveillance apparatus is not effective at protecting Americans from terrorism.

In fact, there’s compelling evidence that NSA activities are hurting the United States. They threaten our economic interests, undermine our foreign policy objectives and damage the security of the global Internet.

In less than a year, American companies such as Cisco and IBM reported declining sales overseas and lost business opportunities. Foreign companies are turning U.S. surveillance into a competitive advantage. For example, Deutsche Telekom has marketed “e-mail made in Germany” as a secure alternative after the NSA..

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