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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UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

I think I would prefer to just use a service located in another country. It is clear that as long as this has been going on, companies are remaining truly silent. This, America, is just another reason why we're losing jobs left and right to countries like Mexico, China and India. I would not be surprised if even more U.S. online/tech companies either shut down or pack up and move away after this. No one will even *want* to do business in this country.

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gfg233 Member since:
2013-06-07

Many would be looking for alternative email providers right after this, located outside of the US and deleting all their Facebook photos and so forth (though your data will probably be held by them forever regardless).

It's not about having something to hide but about the principle of having your life logged in someone's computer. There isn't a bad chance that the information will either be abused, hacked or leaked in the future.

An email provider company located somewhere like Hong Kong with IMAP access for $5 or a month, maybe also packaging it together with a VPN service, or similar could make a heck of a lot of money.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

An email provider company located somewhere like Hong Kong with IMAP access for $5 or a month, maybe also packaging it together with a VPN service, or similar could make a heck of a lot of money.


Well, I'm switching over to Runbox ( http://www.runbox.com/ ) myself: they're cheap, they seemingly have good reputation, Norway does, indeed, have some rather sane privacy laws there and they do provide IMAPS et. al. support. Too bad they ain't got no CalDav - or CardDav - support.

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