Friday, August 09, 2013

Another Communications Provider Just Says 'No'.


First it was Lavabit that said no to invading the privacy of it's clientele.

Then it was Silent Circle.

And now?



But, more seriously, Mr. Greenwald just asked Mr. Snowden, who apparently had been using Lavabit's secure Email service recently, what he thinks:

..."Ladar Levison and his team (at Lavabit) suspended the operations of their 10 year old business rather than violate the Constitutional rights of their roughly 400,000 users. The President, Congress, and the Courts have forgotten that the costs of bad policy are always borne by ordinary citizens, and it is our job to remind them that there are limits to what we will pay.

"America cannot succeed as a country where individuals like Mr. Levison have to relocate their businesses abroad to be successful. Employees and leaders at Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple, and the rest of our internet titans must ask themselves why they aren't fighting for our interests the same way small businesses are. The defense they have offered to this point is that they were compelled by laws they do not agree with, but one day of downtime for the coalition of their services could achieve what a hundred Lavabits could not"...

There is that, of course

But there is also the matter of how much business the big American companies will lose if run-of-the-mill users (i.e. people like you and me) decide that we don't trust our data in their clouds.


Thanks, once again, to our friend Bob for the heads-up on the Greenwald piece in The Guardian.
Oh, and just in case someone out there is not familiar with the concept of the Bananaphone...Here it is...As a Uke Cover.



Anonymous said...

I for one will not indulge Disqusville colonies.

RossK said...

Good thing.

Because if you did we would have to send a Sharon, Lois and Bram tribute band over to your house to start up a cavalcade of never-ending cacophony that would surely break you within, oh say, an hour-and-a-half.


West End Bob said...

Looks like it may be a "dis-communication" movement, RossK - Great!

Maybe if The Excited $tate$ guv'mint $ee$ how much revenue will be lo$t to over$ea$ tech companie$ they will get the picture.

That may be the only way to put a stop to the madness.

Thanx for the HT, BTW . . . .