With this topic, I hope to stimulate discussion, garner opinion and generate awareness. I am interested in what you think about the issues of our privacy and security in light of what is going on out there...and what can be done.
After @quietman7 posted a story in Breaking Virus and Security News regarding 'Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords' (found here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/502258/feds-tell-web-firms-to-turn-over-user-account-passwords/ ), I did some research overnight.
I would like to start off with Lavabit. Rather than comply with US government surveillance, Lavabit has shut down email service to its 350K customers. When I went to visit lavabit.com expecting a normal ISP website, I was shocked to see this and only this:
Lavabit's letter is full of implications, and it's about more than a decision to shut down the service, and it affects more than customers. It appears he is planning to fight. wow. One source, Alex Hern with The Guardian, says, 'Lavabit's closure marks the death of secure cloud computing in the US.'
Another quote from The Guardian: "The presiding judge of the secret court that issues such orders, known as the Fisa court...' I can't even. So, we have a secret court called a Fisa that issues orders to companied demanding access to our email and passwords. That means they would have access to everything, and we have no expectation of privacy. I don't think it was ever okay for this type of thing. The Patriot Act and the authority it has given the NSA is way out of line, IMO. Wasn't the Constitution set up with checks and balances so no one part of government had all the power without being checked by another branch?
I think there is way more to this story, and it is just the beginning of the fight for our right to privacy and security but will save further comment for discussion.
Mainly, I wanted to post this subject and it warrants its own topic because it is evolving and is an extremely important current issue that will affect us all whether we realize it or not. I hope others will add related stories and opinions so we can all continue to be informed.
For a bit of additional reading: