Pink Floyd App Warns Internet Users of Government Snooping

A Firefox add-on will play music from "Dark Side of the Moon" whenever you visit a site that is part of the US government's controversial PRISM program.

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Internet users were shocked by last week's revelations that the US Government was tracking social media users around the world as part of the controversial PRISM program.

Now a clever new tool uses the music of Pink Floyd to warn internet users when they're visiting a site that could be sending your private data to the government.

The Firefox add-on called "Dark Side of the Prism" plays tracks from "Dark Side of the Moon" in the background whenever you visit sites like Facebook, as a reminder of the pervasive snooping culture that has taken over the internet. Other sites which trigger the app include Bing, Google and Yahoo.

It was created by Floyd fan Justin Blinder, a 28-year-old developer who wanted to create an ambient notification to warn users of the invasion of their privacy.

"I was really interested in the fact that, although the Prism leaks were a shock to many of us, we pretty much already kind of know we're being surveiled a lot of the time and giving away so much data," he told the Guardian, adding that he chose Pink Floyd because the music was relatively unintrusive. "I didn't want it to be too jarring because a lot of us seem to be giving in to being surveiled on a daily basis. I feel like people already know that. I didn't want it to be alarming."

Watch a video that explains the Pink Floyd Prism warning concept:

What do you think of the shocking privacy revelations from last week? Will it change your internet habits? Let us know in the comments.

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    Chase.A
    Pretty ****ing awesome.
    Mouloudo
    and UG users voted dee snider and others as " greatest rock rebels" haha ROger waters is the ultimate rebel period
    BoobuleeGroovin
    Mother should I trust the government?
    CaptainDaniel
    Mother should I run for president?
    howyjr
    "No Jeb, I think our family has ruined enough lives for one century"
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    Obama = Bush pt.2
    Metalisnotmusic
    I believe he means pt. 3. I also believe he has no clue what he's talking about.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    Bush = War Criminal Obama = War Criminal, it's not change just more of the same
    manyscissors
    ha i thought it said floyd fan justin bieber at first and almost threw up all over my laptop. But that's a really cool app
    VilliAsgeirsson
    Absolute genius! And a great choice of music. If he expands the app to include other sites and Pink Floyd albums, he may want to add Welcome To The Machine. Very fitting indeed.
    Blazingguns00
    Good idea, but would annoy me... wait till someone makes one for pornhub, soundtrack? "Pussy - Rammstein"
    Punk_Kid
    I still think Judas Priest's "Electric Eye" is a better song for anything surveillance-related
    manyscissors
    ha this thing literally just chooses random names and hopes someone with said names has commented. one day, this is actually gonna look realistic an might fool someone. but this is not that day.
    Kaseke
    Well.. This Would certainly make me stay on those sites even longer.
    TheGuitarGuyBr
    "It was created by Floyd fan Justin Bieber" OH wait! Had to read it three times till i realized "Blinder" lol
    GNR's Fan
    Fool me once prism shame on you..... fool me twice... probably just another backdoor for them oh wait they can get away with everything legally anyway.
    zbarovsky
    so um was anyone really surprised that the government spies on them, cuz if they are they're morons....
    GMPX
    How totally stupid, but great choice of background music.
    Wicer
    This might be a bit of a problem for me.. DSotM is my favourite album, so now going on sites where the government tracks me is even more appealing.