Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Jul 2013 16:32 UTC
Legal "The U.S. government has attempted to obtain the master encryption keys that Internet companies use to shield millions of users' private Web communications from eavesdropping. These demands for master encryption keys, which have not been disclosed previously, represent a technological escalation in the clandestine methods that the FBI and the National Security Agency employ when conducting electronic surveillance against Internet users." Well. "And where once you had the freedom to object, think, and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillence coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission." When quoting a work of fiction befits the state of reality better than reality itself, shit has officially hit the fan.
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Saw this coming...
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 25th Jul 2013 23:03 UTC
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At this point, I have ZERO trust in the U.S. government to respect our privacy even in the slightest bit. Makes be disappointed to be a citizen of this clearly corrupt-at-the-core "representative democracy." And you've got Obama and his administration, as well as other assholes in higher-up positions in government claiming that it's all alright. And all they can give is downright bullshit: lies and an empty insistence that it is working great, and that now that the top-secret programs are public, we should just trust them to continue their sleazy business as usual.

We have officially shat on our Founding Fathers' vision years ago, and the worst of it is only now being revealed thanks to Edward Snowden.

I'm seriously considering starting to use my own cryptography at some point, because it's becoming clear that the encryption provided by big businesses for their services is about as good as nothing at all. As soon as private key is known by the government, it is effectively good only for protection from regular, non-government hackers. At that point, you might as well just be communicating in the clear.

Edited 2013-07-25 23:04 UTC

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