NSA

Tech Industry Fears Loss of Trust After NSA Revelations

If they play footsy with the feds, they pay the cost

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Silicon Valley worked for years to persuade the public to live their lives online, to trust websites with credit card numbers, clouds with business documents and phones with intimate emails and photos.

Now, thanks in part to Washington, D.C., those confidences are at risk of unraveling — and the tech industry, relatively new to the ways of the Beltway, now finds itself in an uncomfortable spotlight at the center of national politics. …

"It's a classic D.C. sh — storm of the worst kind — nobody can defend themselves because it's all about national security," said a Microsoft executive speaking on condition of anonymity. "When it's over, the best we can hope is that people believe that it's in our interest to protect their data and we do everything we can. Will that be enough? Our word?"

That's the incurable headache Big Tech — and anyone who relies on the Internet for business — woke up to on Friday. With the major companies silent, the megaphone belongs to privacy advocates who have long warned about precisely this situation. And those groups are pouncing on Silicon Valley's long-standing opposition to support legislation limiting what they can do with user data.

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  1. No! REALLY?!

  2. And those groups are pouncing on Silicon Valley’s long-standing opposition to support legislation limiting what they can do with user data.

    Oh? Except the one abusing user data is the federal government and not the private companies who users know(or should know) have their data. Will this legislation make it illegal for companies to give data to the feds even though existing law makes it illegal for companies not to hand that data over?

    By Occam’s razor, the simple solution is not more legislation, but to repeal the bad legislation that caused this situation in the first place.

  3. To add a bit of Friday evening irony, Obozo was in SV for the last two days, vacuuming up campaign money from all the limo-lib hypocrites, and blocking the freeway for those who really did need to get to work.
    And now, bless his sleazy ass, he’s undone many year’s worth of effort as mentioned in the article.
    But, like our fave dipshit shreek, it probably won’t make a bit of difference. They’ll invent all sorts of stories excusing his incompetence, and besides: BOOOSH!

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  5. Funny to hear M$ exec bitching about the issue when there is very good reason to believe they have already compromised Skype security. I suppose they are complaining more about people finding out what they have done, as opposed to the immorality of doing it in the first place.

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