Guardian reports that Microsoft allowed the government access to its email servers and aided them in the ability to intercept and record Skype video calls. Are you angry yet?
No because I don't have a Skype account and never used it.
Yes, but not surprised.
Whoa that is not cool
So I should probably be more careful with what I do on Skype? Noted.
We'll have to keep our chats pg from now on
Damn. Maybe we could get away with PG-13?
I can settle on that. ;)
This is getting ridiculous.
No the only thing getting ridiculous is peoples reactions. And the ridiculous idea that anyone especially the Government would be interested in their lives. It's ridiculous that people think what they share in public is personal or data disappears.
It likely says "comply with laws and regulations" or some vague crap. You know it's the NSA and FBI you should be mad at right? They're the ones issuing the threats.
It's not a threat. I think they should have some degree of authority over private communications. It's not like they've ever watched my Skype video calls anyway though.
3: how do you know?
And the threat is there should Microsoft not comply. It's the govt's fault and they're overstepping their bounds. This is a "quest for evidence" or a "search", and we're supposed to be safe from those.
But they wouldn't do it without reasonable cause. They aren't going to waste their time if they aren't looking for something specific. They aren't going to monitor you for fun. I don't get why it's that big of a deal.
They've submitted thousands and thousands of requests on tens of thousands of American citizens. Do you honestly think they had "reasonable suspicion" for all of those?
According to Microsoft: “we only ever comply with orders for requests about specific accounts or identifiers”.
If it's that specific, there must be reasonable cause. They wouldn't just make up a name and submit a request for it.
Sounds like PR and how can you be so sure
Because the government is made up of people. Citizens like you and me. My congressman goes to his kids soccer games, shops at the grocery store, just like the rest of us. I trust the government because I have rights and freedoms now and it's great.
The government exists to further its own existence.
The intelligence community is part of the government. If the intelligence community desires to further its own existence, it needs to be needed.
What better way than by stockpiling intelligence on millions of Americans?
The slightest, off-handed joke thrown out online can now become a 'national security' concern.
And who's concerned with 'national security'? That's right. The intelligence community.
It's circular, yes. And that's my point. They need to be needed in order to further their own existence.
I've been angry
I'm sick of the government overstepping bounds. Where in the constitution does it say they can do this?!
No where. Which means its a worthless artifact.
No where. Which means that We the People, as the fourth branch of government, need to stand up and tell them they no longer have permission to run our lives and order us around.
Where does it say they can't . Besides it always been buyer beware & read the fine print. The info has been there no secrets just a few ore shocked. Other know it's not about their Rights.
It says they can't when it says that all other powers are reserved for the states and the people.
Anything that is shared with the public has never been protected as private. Private means what you mean to keep hidden from others. Bouncing it off satellites or putting on the world wide web is public. Always has been.
Hell, I'm always angry with Micro$oft. Now I have a valid excuse!
What about the FBI.
This has been going on for decades. My FIL was an engineer for AT&T, he told me that every time they had a new technology, that the FBI would make demands to be able to access it. They always complied because they didn't want to have the government
angry with them.
It'll stop when we make it stop. We outnumber them.
Amen! The people in this country need to hold the power. Not the government. We all have a right to privacy.
@Matt, apparently, we all don't have the right to privacy any longer. Not for more than a decade.
That's why you don't put information on the net that you don't want anyone to get.
And exactly how do you avoid using the web. Everything is there, form this app to email to web bank etc
You limit the amount of personal information that you freely share.
I understand. I'm just venting ... I don't like how I can't do anything without making all my private information public.
The other day I wanted to leave a comment in an online forum. I had to sign in via Facebook, so I gave up.
I'm not using Skype, I have nothing to hide. ...
Just joking, I was angry already, now I've come to the stage where I just have to laugh uncontrolled to stay sane.
And I like the "yet" comment :-)
They got my naked Skype video. :(