Voices of reason are rising now in the public discussions of Edward Snowden’s leaks about the email and phone records the U.S. government’s NSA (National Security Agency) collects. Forbes.com published an interesting view from a member of the information security community on July 30. This article is expanding on the points Forbes made.
It’s clear that the leaked information about which embassies and foreign agencies NSA watches has caused concern among allies around the world. The lengths to which policy protects messages of U.S. citizens without regard for citizens of other nations also surprised some.
In addition to all that, people making routine business decisions about storing and transmitting information have some new facts to take into account.
Information technology industry giants have been selling large corporations the concept of trusting them to store private data in “the cloud,” meaning stored on another corporation’s hardware and accessed through the internet. Now people need to be more aware that information stored outside their direct control is often available to others without prior notice to the data owner.
This unexpected information availability comes in at least two forms exemplified by Snowden’s actions: First, government authorities are routinely obtaining private information with authorization far less formal than the classic court order. Second, some of the thousands of federal contractors can choose to leak or share information for their own purposes. As it was possible for Edward Snowden to obtain and share publicly documents describing the NSA’s practices, someone in a similar job wishing to sell private information, anything from credit card account numbers to insider trading information, might also find that possible.
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