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.
Thread beginning with comment 567985
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
phoudoin
Member since:
2006-06-09

This whole US eavedropping of Internet by twisting US Web companies arms to protect US's interests is slowly but surely starting to do the exact opposite: people will use more and more encrypted communications everytime it's possible and, even better, switch to Web services not under US companies ownership, a little bit more away from US control arm.

Nice job, guys, and thanks for pushing people away from the most US profitable economy field.

Reply Score: 6

bitwelder Member since:
2010-04-27

I have a hunch that for this tendency towards the 'state of police' to be stopped the only hope is that US companies in the IT sector start to lobby because of lost profits due to customers moving their businesses elsewhere, not because those-in-power get to realize that the surveillance mandate has gone too far (in constitutional terms).

Reply Parent Score: 4