Good piece by David Fisher on selling your privacy. Don’t worry
citizens consumers, it’s nothing personal. It’s just business:
Spy access to NZ used as bargaining tool
The ability for US intelligence agencies to access internet data was used as a bargaining tool by a Telecom-owned company trying to keep down the cost of the undersea cable from New Zealand.
Lawyers acting for Southern Cross Cable quoted a former CIA and NSA director who urged the Senate to “exploit” access to data for an intelligence edge.
The value of intercepted communications to the US was raised during negotiations last year which could increase internet costs 15 per cent. …
Telecom Users Association chief executive Paul Brislen said revelations about US interception of internet traffic meant “we have to assume that all our communications are intercepted”. He said internet and telecoms companies had to comply with US rules or be shut out of lucrative contracts. …
Tech Liberty director Thomas Beagle said any use of American services and networks exposed data to being captured by the US. But shifting to other countries “will just expose you to surveillance from their national governments”. “It seems that we now have the choice between taking the time to understand and implement secure encryption or choosing services based on which governments we don’t mind spying on us.”