CloudFlare CEO: ‘Insane’ NSA gag order is costing U.S. tech firms customers

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/09/12/cloudflare-ceo-says-insane-nsa-gag-order-is-costing-u-s-tech-firms-customers/

Yup. Makes me wonder if the tech companies that have been lobbying for Patriot Act reform over the past few years were doing so in part to get out from under the NSA’s thumb. Policy discussions were always couched in geopolitical language, but they must have foreseen the backlash even from U.S. customers if word ever got out about what was up.

How ‘cell tower dumps’ caught the High Country Bandits — and why it matters

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/08/how-cell-tower-dumps-caught-the-high-country-bandits-and-why-it-matters/
I’d argue this is a prime example of when metadata is used correctly. If the other nearly 150,000 phone numbers were never investigated and the records were deleted once the feds found their guys, any invasion of privacy is only theoretical. There’s a big difference between this and GPS-tracking, or what the NSA is doing.

The hot, confusing mess that is digital privacy

The last day’s NSA headlines have been about how it broke the law and even violated the Constitution. But that’s just a small part of an opinion that raises more questions than answers, and that underscores the complex nature of data privacy.

In a cloud computing economy, the NSA is bad for business

A lot of Americans might say they support NSA surveillance of their online activities, but many other people — including folks overseas — aren’t so thrilled. Can these laws withstand pressure from a tech lobby concerned about lost profits from fleeing users?

Ray Ozzie sounds off on NSA spygate

Updated: The deal U.S. citizens struck after 9/11 exchanging privacy for security should be up for renewal or at least subject to debate, says former Microsoft top tech guru Ray Ozzie.