US surveillance state fallout, email address books, and IM buddy lists

Skype (owned by Microsoft) being investigated in Luxembourg due to possible violation of privacy laws, due of course to Skype’s passing of both metadata and the content of calls to the NSA.

This is good news. Large corporations will push back on spying agencies if and only if there is a price to pay for cooperation.

Related, a recent statement from Snowden, who is somewhere in Russia.

“They [NSA and other mass spy agencies] hurt our economy. They hurt our country. They limit our ability to speak and think and live and be creative, to have relationships and to associate freely,” Snowden said….

Snowden said the U.S. government was “unwilling to prosecute high officials [such as James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence] who lied to Congress and the country on camera, but they’ll stop at nothing to persecute someone who told them the truth.”

NSA also collecting millions of email address books and IM buddy lists, of Americans and non-Americans.

Not at all surprising, at this point.

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