This is a great post from the Silent Circle blog. It shows that not all is lost when it comes to government intrusion into our digital lives. As a matter of fact, the Snowden/NSA leaks are really a gift. It confirms that the weakest link is really the user’s platform. This is further confirmed by the amount of time the NSA devotes to them. So, good practices, coupled with good cryptographic products, are still a venerable force to be reckoned with, according to Silent Circle. I must admit that lately I have felt that the entire practice of encrypting sensitive data – years spent using PGP and other methods – has felt like a fait accompli since the Snowden affair. This post got my thinking back on track. Privacy is still attainable…you just have to really want it.
There have been so many disclosures, revelations and speculations since Snowden fled and the media trickled out one tantalizing slide after the next- that it’s hard not to get overwhelmed. It’s hard not to get angry.
Now that the sheer scope and massive worldwide surveillance of the NSA has come to light over the last few months, it seems as if a veritable cloud of “Privacy Depression” has set in lately among citizens and the technology community at large. Adding to that hot mess is the willing complicity of the tech giants, backbone providers and hardware manufactures. Fuel to the fire.
Yes, there are some feigning outrage, some with true concern, and others calling for heads-on-a-platter while western intelligence agencies and big technology firms hunker down and hope it all goes away. It won’t. It’s only going to get worse for them and the government.
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