You know those worries you had about keeping your files “in the cloud.” Well they were warranted. (So to speak.)
According to the attached article from The Guardian – a publication which deserves a Pulitzer Prize for Journalism as far as I am concerned for their coverage of the NSA scandal – Microsoft has long worked closely with the NSA and FBI to help them access the communications of their customers. And it’s not just “metadata,” which is a gross violation of the 4th Amendment by itself, but entire Skype chats, video and all.
Government and corporations working together against the best interests of the public at large. Sounds like free market capitalism to me. Definitely something which should be going on in a free country, for sure.
(From The Guardian)
Material collected through Prism (by Microsoft) is routinely shared with the FBI andCIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a “team sport”.
The latest NSA revelations further expose the tensions between Silicon Valley and the Obama administration. All the major tech firms are lobbying the government to allow them to disclose more fully the extent and nature of their co-operation with the NSA to meet their customers’privacy concerns. Privately, tech executives are at pains to distance themselves from claims of collaboration and teamwork given by the NSA documents, and insist the process is driven by legal compulsion.