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Internet Giants Erect
Barriers to Spy Agencies

New York Times, by David E. Sanger & Nicole Perlroth

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Posted By:ruready?, 6/7/2014 2:12:03 PM

Mountain View, Calif. — Just down the road from Google’s main campus here, engineers for the company are accelerating what has become the newest arms race in modern technology: They are making it far more difficult — and far more expensive — for the National Security Agency and the intelligence arms of other governments around the world to pierce their systems. As fast as it can, Google is sealing up cracks in its systems that Edward J. Snowden revealed the N.S.A. had brilliantly exploited. It is encrypting more data as it moves among its servers and helping customers encode their

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I am the sworn enemy of all that would take away our precious freedoms.
The NSA and IRS are bedfellows. I detest both.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Ribicon, 6/7/2014 2:19:25 PM     (No. 9876592)

Google´s entire business model is based on observing a person´s every activity online, and bundling and selling the mined data to advertisers and other interested parties (to include the government). Cute that they´d pretend to be guardians of privacy, but make no mistake, their database is for sale to any and all; their objection is only to their spying activities being bypassed.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: dman, 6/7/2014 4:59:48 PM     (No. 9876708)

A "positive" article in NYT about Google: what could be wrong here? There certainly couldn´t be any common interest. /s

The fundamental paradox is this: how can a network or site be made "accessable" to the NSA (which is often a requirement), while at the same time "more difficult to pierce" by foreign agencies and hackers?

A "back door" - installed for whatever purpose - is still a back door. If persons or agencies can access it for legitimate purposes (like system maintenance or national security), so can other persons or agencies with appropriate knowledge access it for nefarious purposes.

(In addition, the FCC imposes tight restrictions on any encryption used on media it controls - which is just about everything. They insist on the ability of government to be able to monitor the content. This is another reason, in addition to the First Amendment, why the FCC should have absolutely no say over content.)

That is why these systems - hardware and software - must be designed from the ground up without any back doors whatsoever. I can hear the howls from the IT, software, and even a few hardware types, and am not holding my breath.

"And that´s the way it is": just be aware of it and protect yourself accordingly.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 6/8/2014 5:36:32 AM     (No. 9877095)

Google is in bed with Barry. I don´t trust anything they say, just like I don´t trust anything Barry has to say.

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