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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RE: Saw this coming...
by WorknMan on Thu 25th Jul 2013 23:17 UTC in reply to "Saw this coming..."
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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.

Question is, what are you doing that's so goddamn secretive? I'm not accusing you of anything; in fact, I bet the answer to that question is, probably nothing. As is the case for 99.9% of Americans. I'm not one to say "If you're not doing anything wrong, you don't have anything to hide", but should I really be expected to give a shit if the government might have access to my grocery lists or exercise routines that I have stored in the cloud?

If I'm going to store anything sensitive in the cloud (which seems like a dumb idea on the face of it), I'm going to make sure that the only person who has the decryption key is me, and possibly whoever else I need to look at it. Then I don't have to worry about the government looking at my stuff.

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