All data leaks. This is not a property of the internet, but a property of data — just ask the Pharaohs of Egypt about their secret tombs. Data is observed (and therefore replicated), or obliterated through time. All public data has the power to replicate on its own. That may seem a strange statement, but I mean that it doesn’t have to be pushed to be preserved. It can be copied, learned by new people, archived in strange places, and ultimately passes out of control.
Source: Hello Future Pastebin Readers — The Message — Medium
If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance
America’s National Security Agency gathers unfathomable mountains of Internet communications from fiber optic taps and other means, but it says it only retains and searches the communications of “targeted” individuals who’ve done something suspicious. Guess what? If you read Boing Boing, you’ve been targeted. Cory Doctorow digs into Xkeyscore and the NSA’s deep packet inspection rules.
Between reading Boing Boing and using Tor, I guess I’m suspicious.
Which VPN Services Take Your Anonymity Seriously? 2014 Edition | TorrentFreak
Been a happy customer of Private Internet Access for years. Use it on my Mac, iPhone and iPad.
FastMail’s servers are in the US: what this means for you | FastMail Weblog
Makes me feel pretty good about using them, though that might be the point of this post. I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt here and, hey, no advertising or selling my info. That’s nice too. I’ve had an account for a while and recently have been migrating from Gmail.
Crypto experts blast German e-mail providers’ “secure data storage” claim | Ars Technica
“If you really want to protect your e-mails from prying eyes, use OpenPGP or S/MIME on your own desktop and don’t let a third-party provider have your data,” he told Ars. “No one of the ‘E-Mail made in Germany’ initiative would say if they encrypt the data on their servers so they don’t have access to it, which they probably don’t and thus the government could force them to let them access it.”
Who Has Your Back? 2013 | Electronic Frontier Foundation
I’d be curious to know about the other mobile carriers.