Jan 062015
 
 January 6, 2015  Business, Surveillance

Melissa Chua reports:

Microsoft’s then Chief Privacy Officer Caspar Bowden tried to warn his company that any cloud computing solutions sold to foreign governments would mean unlimited mass surveillance on their clients by the NSA. Two months later Bowden was fired from Redmond.

Speaking at the 31st Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg Bowden said that he warned 40 Microsoft National Technical Officers, effectively ambassadors of Microsoft, about the implication of US laws on privacy.

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Bowden met a wall of indifference from journalists. Nobody at the Guardian, New York Times or Washington Post showed any interest; nor from mainstream European politicians who did not understand. “Of course, it’s encrypted isn’t it?” was the general response.

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