Reactionary Idiot Test

By Rich

We generally avoid talking about the NSA, Snowden, and such, but this piece is actually illuminating, without any sort of political commentary.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols points out that moving your stuff outside the US gives the NSA more freedom to snoop:

Because, in the United States, the NSA and friends need to jump through the FISC hoops to listen in to your e-mail, cloud data transfers, phone calls, whatever. If you’re doing any of the above to someone or some site outside of the US, any of your communications are pretty much fair game.

I always like to out reactionary foolishness like this. Just a little bit of knowledge and analysis make clear that your data isn’t safer overseas.

Consider this a commentary on reactionism – not on the scope of NSA monitoring.

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While it may very well be true that hosting email and other services outside the USA may not make your communication any safer it is a fallacy to think the NSA is jumping through hoops to get our communications.

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