Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Jun 2013 11:40 UTC
Legal This story is getting bigger and bigger. Even though most Americans probably already knew, it is now official: the United States government, through its National Security Agency, is collecting the communications and data of all American citizens, and of non-Americans using American services, through a wide collaboration with the large companies in technology, like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and so on. Interestingly enough, the NSA itself, as well as the US government, have repeatedly and firmly denied this massive spying on Americans and non-Americans took place at all.
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US Monopoly on Data to End
by gfg233 on Fri 7th Jun 2013 13:04 UTC
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This is going to act as a wake up call to governments and populations around the world, the worst thing the government could have hoped for.

My prediction is that we are going to start seeing the localisation of data servers and services in China, Russia, the EU and the Middle East. Underground and open movements may also develop services such as email and networking championing privacy and civil liberties.

One last note is the silence of all of this from the US government, most notably Obama who was responsible for its expansion. Even the NYT have opined that his administration no longer have any credibility.

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