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Online Privacy Gets Global Attention as Teksavvy Nears Court Date

With more public revelations that the NSA is spying on internet traffic, companies like Apple, and Google are now coming out strong on online privacy and transparency of subscriber information requests. Also Obama’s recent poll numbers diving on the issue of privacy. Canadians are also paying close attention to the NSA leaks.  The internet service provider Teksavvy may have a lot of explaining to do politically and publicly on their decision not to oppose Voltage pictures requests as the June 25th court date that will decide the future of these types of information requests will be decided in court and not just on copyright related issues.

The NSA has been collecting information on Americans domestically for years, so has our Government on Canadians.  In recent news, Telus has announced on the breaking of the NSA leaks that the company takes their customers privacy very seriously and will oppose any such requests for customer information that they deem unlawful, which seems like a direct shot at Teksavvy and a challenge to other ISPs to ensure that their consumers information is safe from unlawful requests.

Having some family in the internet security and data forensics fields, the NSA leaks are hardly leaks.  It’s been well known in these fields that Governments have a lot more access to your information not just meta data. A revelation I’m sure will be brought out in the coming days.  PBS aired a documentary on the failures of 9/11 in the intelligence community and the response to the 9/11 attacks.  PBS also went as far as tracing an e-mail sent from Malaysia, to the on shore AT+T data centers in the US, in which on network tech described a secret room, with equipment basically carbon copying all communications and sending them outside the network.

Edward Snowden the former NSA systems analyst and leaker today held an online chat.  In which he was asked if encryption would protect users from NSA’s praying eyes.  Snowden’s response:

Encryption works. Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on. Unfortunately, endpoint security is so terrifically weak that NSA can frequently find ways around it.

During the lawful access debate, I spoke with Internet Privacy expert Christopher Parsons, who stated that the way to get around the encryption, is to install malware, which is what Snowden was hinting at today.

What Snowden has done is bring in the data collection by Governments to a much needed global public debate.  Quite obviously it’s not just Governments collecting the data. ISPs do as well, private industry, and so do the copyright cops.  I’ve come hard and fast on Teksavvy.  The new public revelations on the NSA’s leaks is precisely why any private company not abiding by our privacy laws needs to be sucker punched by the pro-internet community in this current climate of big data.

The importance of what will happen with Teksavvy vs Voltage, will not just be a test of our copyright laws, but our privacy laws as well.  This test couldn’t have come at a better time, but also leaves Teksavvy in a very interesting position in the middle of a global and domestic debate on online privacy policies.  The public and political implications on Teksavvy’s decision not to oppose Voltage pictures requests may have just hit a very different level over the past week.

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