Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Jul 2013 12:33 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
In the News "Internet users worried about their personal information being intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies should stop using websites that send data to the United States, Germany's top security official said Wednesday." Cute, but pointless. France does it too, as does the UK. Documents from the Dutch intelligence agencies indicate that they, too, are involved in mass surveillance, the extent of which will supposedly be investigated by parliament.
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RE[2]: Good luck with that....
by Alfman on Fri 5th Jul 2013 04:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Good luck with that...."
Alfman
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galvanash,

"But it is a public communications medium. Its like complaining that someone is listening in on your conversations using a CB radio - if you don't want 3rd parties to hear what you are saying you don't understand what CB is... "

Strongly disagree with you here. CB radio was designed to be a public medium. Part of the fun in using it is that you don't know who's going to respond on the other end. Unicast network traffic between internet hosts/peers is not intended to be public any more than a 2 party telephone call is. In both cases the service providers are entrusted with our privacy. Keep in mind ISPs who systematically violated our privacy (aka phorm) were sued because *they* weren't allowed to spy on customer traffic.

You suggest we should be using cryptography to secure private communications instead of trusting our service providers, and I would agree that's wise to the extent possible.

It seems that you don't care about your own privacy, but it doesn't mean you shouldn't respect other's IMHO.

Edited 2013-07-05 04:37 UTC

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