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Thursday, August 8, 2013

FUCK the NSA, or, DO NOT do business with American "cloud" service companies.

With the NSA bullshit lighting the Internet up like a Christmas tree, I'm here to ask you something. As an American citizen, I'm asking you to COMPLETELY avoid doing business with any American company that handles data such as an email provider or any other "cloud" service. We simply cannot be trusted to keep anyone's data private.

I have a link near the top of the page, PRISM Break, with a lot of info on how to have some actual privacy online. Of course, nothing is perfect. No data online can be considered 100% safe, but you can get pretty close and should try to make it as difficult as possible for anyone to spy on you.

This doesn't just affect the USA, as the NSA spies on any communications coming into or going out of America. If you aren't in America, Petition your law makers and government officials to stop doing business with America and American companies until this mass surveillance ends. If you use any "cloud" services that are hosted in the USA, stop. If you run a business or know anyone who does, encourage them to do the same.

One of the things we, Americans, listen to is money. And if this NSA spying ends up hurting us economically, perfect. That may be the only way to make any progress towards restoring any small amount of privacy to the Internet in the short term. Until then, encrypt absolutely everything. I've already taken steps to regain some of my lost privacy, and over time I'll be doing more. I suggest you do the same.

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