Documents: U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledge

Washington Post, Jun 07, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a little off-topic, but I have to think it would influence national policies regarding cloud-based services: "The Washington Post and The Guardian report that The National Security Agency and the FBI have direct access to data from nine leading U.S. Internet companies." The companies are widely used by educational institutions: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple. The emphasis is on domestic spying, but from my perspective as a non-US citizen, this also amounts to international spying. Interestingly, the writer who broke the story is a self-described blogger and activist. The EFF describes itself as "Stunned. Angry." over the revelations, and adds information about "a report in the Guardian that the National Security Agency (NSA) is currently collecting the call records of every Verizon customer in America." Related: HBS Review, Your iPhone works for the Secret Police.

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