Microsoft Privacy Case: What's At Stake?
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User Rank: Ninja
8/2/2014 | 5:28:11 PM
Re: Encryption will save us all!!!
I like the idea of using encryption and allowing users to store keys - although it would have to be done in an easy-to-use manner. 

That being said, I still question whether the government will be able to still get access. If they have the ability to compel Microsortf to turn over data, for example, they might be able to do the same with certain users. 
User Rank: Strategist
8/2/2014 | 1:57:49 PM
News or Editorial?
Out of curiosity, is this piece "news," as described above the headline, or an editorial? Seems more the latter. A few examples:

-- "NSA Scandal." Presumably you're referring to the greatest breach of national security in U.S. history? In some quarters, I believe Mr. Snowden's actions are viewed as having crossed the line from whistle-blowing into treason. As an editor dedicated to the principles of objective reporting, you might wish to give that point of view equal space.

-- "Estimated losses of $45B" in foreign sales by US IT companies. Come back to us when you have a hard number on actual losses. Ed Snowden's revelations are near the 14-month mark. Surely someone proclaiming gloom & doom for the US IT industry can produce a verifiable account of so-called lost sales TO DATE. If so, fine, use it in your reporting. If the numbers don't exist, let's drop this argument.

-- Impact on sales to "Russia and China." No surprise there, but suggest you check other headlines. There's this little thing called global sanctions against Russia going on due a conflict in some place called Ukraine. Re: China, I believe economists using actual numbers have noted slowing growth in that country that might contribute to reduced U.S. IT sales there. Also, it's possible that mutual U.S./China accusations over cyberspying might have dampened both countries' enthusiasm for purchasing one another's tech products.

For the record: Last time we checked, China, like Russia, was a bit totalitarian itself. Net net, U.S. companies doing business with such countries might want to check their digital moralmeters. Engaging in commerce with pariah nations that subject their people to every manner of human rights violation is morally wrong. The idea of shedding a tear over lost sales to either nation is laughable.
User Rank: Strategist
8/2/2014 | 11:13:04 AM
Encryption will save us all!!!
I just love the way they always throw the encryption defense out there. Everyone knows that even the strongest encryption can be broken. That's one of the uses for a computer. It can sit there and bang away for days until it breaks the code. I'm personally staying out of the cloud until my dying day. I don't care who you are or whose encryption you use, once you put your data on someone else's server, you are vulnerable. People who don't believe that will start seeing the results once the majority of businesses and personal computer users have committed to using the cloud. By then it will be too late.
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