Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #287 - Microsoft Sues Government
Hi Mom, Borrowing content again, but I can write a bit about this issue and this article before I just share it with a copy and paste.
So, Mom, did you see this news item?
I am not so concerned with the privacy of this blog post because, well, I publish it. Generally, I am not concerned about the privacy of my emails. Hey, DOHS, there's nothing to find there. Even though my friend and I used to use the word "bomb" a lot as an in-joke just to see if we could waste the government's time, we don't email so much any more and we were not making bombs, so it's not a big deal.
But I am very much an advocate of privacy. Not because I have anything to hide from anyone (mostly) but because I feel that privacy is important, and the government seems to not take the privacy rights of its citizens seriously. Supposedly, the government has been thwarting terrorist attacks since 2001 and just not able or willing to disclose about them. But I am not sure I believe it any more than I believe that the 2001 attacks could not have been stopped.
Usually, I am very critical of Micorsoft, but in this regard, I am pleased with the company's action. In fact, it's rather unexpected, and a great blow for how a huge corporation can take a stand against the federal government FOR the benefit of citizens rather than to exploit citizens.
You GO, Microsoft!
Liesel and I watched the excellent documentary about Edward Snowden, Citizen Four, within the last year. Superb.
CITIZEN FOUR WEB SITE
CITIZEN FOUR review - The Guardian
TRAILER CITIZEN FOUR
FROM BOING BOING: MICORSOFT SUES GOVERNMENT
“We appreciate that there are times when secrecy around a government warrant is needed,” Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog post Thursday. “But based on the many secrecy orders we have received, we question whether these orders are grounded in specific facts that truly demand secrecy. To the contrary, it appears that the issuance of secrecy orders has become too routine.”
Reflect and connect.
Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.
Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.
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