EFF on Government Mass Surveillance. See how your service providers stack up
We have heard companies and CEO’s talk about what they will fight for.
Some of it is nothing more than a bunch of smoke and fluff. Take for example Reed Hastings, and his comment that Netflix is going to
… continue to fight for the internet the world needs and deserves
Right after you pay Comcast, Mr. Hastings? Is that when the fighting will start?
To be honest, I don’t expect any company to ‘fight’ for me or my rights, unless they say they will. Then I will hold them to that covenant, and so should you.
Last week I wrote an article titled, ‘All your Data are belong to us.’ It was based on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s annual release of ‘Who has your back? Protecting your Data from Government Requests’
In the EFF report, each candidate was given a star on 6 different aspects of privacy protection from the government when it comes to your personal data. Catagory #5 stated (and i paraphrase for the sake of interest, but it is accurate)
5. Have you fought for my privacy rights or the privacy rights of other users like me in court and resisted the demands of handing over my private data to the government?
Although the questions are answered by the candidates themselves, the responses are vetted by the EFF.
Today I am going to focus on Catagory #5, and one of the candidates, Microsoft.
If you want a broader scope of this subject, you can read the full story here.
Microsoft earned 6 stars accross the board. That’s great. They answered Yes on every question. But what happens when the Feds come knocking for real? Today, Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs at Microsoft released a statement concerning unsealed documents related to an FBI National Security Letter that Microsoft successfully challenged in court late last year. The FBI’s letter in this case sought information about an account belonging to one of Microsofts enterprise customers. and wanted their basic subscriber information.
Microsoft challenged the FBI’s letter in a Federal court in Seattle, and the FBI withdrew the letter. The result of that event is documented in the link above. As far as I’m concerned, they are combat tested and proven. Bravo Zulu, Microsoft. Should you run out today and buy a Surface 3, get an Office 360 subscription and put all of your pictures and data on SkyDrive?
But if you already use these products, it’s likely you will have big MS in your corner if the Feds come snooping.