The world’s most powerful nuclear nation can’t protect its dirtiest secrets. What makes you think anybody will try harder to protect data collected about you?

The world’s most powerful nuclear nation can’t protect its dirtiest secrets. What makes you think anybody will try harder to protect data collected about you?
By Rick Falkvinge

Two recent events shine a spotlight on the complete absurdity of the claim that sensitive data collected through surveillance is “safe” in any way, shape or form.

The first is a couple of years old, and that’s Edward Snowden publishing the dirtiest conceivable laundry of the National Security Agency, arguably the most secret and protective agency of the most powerful nuclear military nation on the planet.

The second is China hacking into the US’ Department of Homeland Security and downloading personnel files on everybody working with national security in the United States – records that specifically included any weak points that could be used for pressure against or extortion of those people, all several thousands of them. (To be honest, China has been assumed to be the penetrator, but no direct evidence has been presented. It doesn’t matter for this particular point.)

The United States spends more on national security than the next 25 countries combined.

The takeaway here is as straightforward as it is quotable:

When the most powerful country can’t protect its very dirtiest laundry, what makes someone think that random collected private surveillance data on an unremarkable citizen will be protected in the slightest?

Privacy remains your own responsibility.

The post The world’s most powerful nuclear nation can’t protect its dirtiest secrets. What makes you think anybody will try harder to protect data collected about you? appeared first on Privacy Online News.

February 13, 2016 at 07:40PM
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