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Comment Re: An opportunity for tighter NSA-GCHQ cooperatio (Score 1) 205

You miss a major thing about the NSA: it's designed to hoover up foreign intelligence, and forbidden from doing so domestically. Putting EU data in EU silos makes it easier for the NSA legally: no one can object that they're stealing US citizens' data. An EU silo is totally, awesomely fair game for them to hijack.

Indeed! It's much more easier to bypass all those pesky FISC procedures. Up to now, NSA had to do some pretty heavy vetting to distinguish between US and non-US Persons; EU persons self-segregating themselves out of the pool of people stored in US data centers makes it much more easier for the NSA.

That's an excellent example of the law of unintended consequences.

Comment An opportunity for tighter NSA-GCHQ cooperation (Score 1) 205

Basically, doesn't this means that data will be stored in EU data centers, e.g. in Ireland, UK etc..., where it will be (more or less) lawfully intercepted by British GCHQ and handed over to the NSA based on the Five Eyes Agreement? So this ruling won't change anything fundamental for the spying a.k.a. mass surveillance of EU citizens. The NSA, instead of siphoning the data from data centers in the US, will just have to route the traffic through a couple of big VPN pipes via GCHQ from data centers in the EU. Or does anyone really thinks that mass surveillance will suddenly be curbed because of a (supreme) court order in EU land?

Comment Re:Still missing the point (Score 1) 206

Right. However, if you're not a US Person (i.e. if you don't have US Citizenship or a Permanent Resident Permit), there's no due process for you as well: NSA can access your GMail account without a warrant, because, well, you'd be a foreigner in their eyes, and foreigners are NOT protected by US laws in this area. No FISA court for you, comrade! That's the point: in Russia, they may pretend to follow due process (even if they don't), in the US, they don't even pretend to follow due process if you're no US Person. That's why some States are considering encouraging their citizens to move their personal data out of the US cloud.

Comment Host your data with your domestic spying agency! (Score 1) 206

Seen from the outside world, most, if not all, US clouds are accessible to the NSA and other US state agencies. Especially if you're not a US Person, those agencies can request your data without a warrant at all. So what the Russians and Brazilians and soon to follow other nations are doing is this: they don't want you to post your potentially incriminating personal data on NSA-controlled servers when the NSA could use them to blackmail you should you work in an important position in politics, industry etc... They rather want you to post data on servers THEY, on only they, control. What's so wrong about this? If you are about to freely give your personal data to a spying agency anyway, it could as well be your own domestic spying agency, instead of the NSA. At least, that agency would be bound by your local laws w.r.t. the respect of privacy and protection of data of its own citizens, while the NSA is free to do what it wants with data of non US Persons, including selling them on the black market (not that they would do such a thing, of course, but in theory, they could). All this is due to the NSA overstepping its original mission that was code breaking and code development, and embarking on the Orwell program of TIA.

Comment Relocate GitHub outside of the US (Score 1) 349

Would it be really so hard to relocate GitHub (servers, company and all) outside the US to avoid those DMCA take downs? Especially considering that it would also make life for the NSA a little harder too (no NSLs could force GitHub to secretly include backdoors here and there, and keep silent about it). Next question: what country would be most friendly to Open Source yet resisting the insatiable hunger of the copyright trolls?

Comment Re: Wait a minute! (Score 1) 74

Is it really wrong to spy on the worldwide communication infrastructure, as long as you can? This ubiquitous spying can only spur the deployment of more encryption, anonymizing protocols and generally hardening the infrastructure. As long as that infrastructure is so easily vulnerable to snooping, why should the NSA, GCHQ and other spying agencies refrain from exploiting it? After all, it's our fault that we keep communicating in the clear, and that we keep trusting commercial companies that provide closed source products that we can't inspect (at least in theory).

Comment Re:Too many secrets (Score 1) 74

Suppose the inquiry board wants needs the testimony of anonymous whistle blowers (NOT Snowden, he's known). How do you suppose the anonymity of those testifying can be granted, if the inquiry is being public? I guess the NSA through the BND wanted to know who was testifying there, and what they exactly said.

Comment Backdoors will be added at build time (Score 1) 178

Unless governments can rebuild the released version of Microsoft products with said source code, they'll be fed a sanitized version of that source code, but not the original full code base needed to build the final binaries. Backdoors could still be added later at build time, so what's the point?

Comment Use paper, CC the NSA later (Score 1) 143

Seriously... paper is the superior alternative here. It doesn't interrupt your and your coworkers' train of thought, it has backup, it is the fastest way to collaboratively design and modify designs... and it has the added advantage of being unspyable by the NSA, GCHQ, the Chinese, or other industrial espionage outfits who rely on ElInt. Prepare your designs on paper. There'll be enough time to translate your final design on a computer and CC the NSA and competition later.

Comment Re:But I thought it was already dead? (Score 2) 71

Why not? The only thing that Google really does better than anyone else is search (and maybe free machine translation). For everything else, there's a better or at least equivalent option.

Gmail is actually doing quite a good job as well. What other mail provider does probably BCC every mail you receive and send to the NSA cloud for safekeeping and backup?

Mommy, what happens to your files when you die?