The global crowdfunding community was shocked to learn yesterday that One Spark, the world’s first crowdfunding festival, had been the target of NSA spying. According to the documents leaked by exiled NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the surveillance at One Spark included the monitoring of festival goers’ voting habits, wholesale collection of personal data of all One Spark Creators, total blanketing video and audio surveillance of Downtown Jacksonville and even a mobile command center disguised as a food truck.
The NSA released a statement yesterday claiming that only so-called “meta data” was recorded, not the actual content of festival interactions. For instance, if a user voted for a creator project which seeks funding to create new ice cream flavors for pets, the NSA only recorded that the user made a vote. It did not record whether it was a yes vote for pet ice cream or a no vote.