[A2k] Fwd: [FSFE PR][EN] New Snowden leak: Storing your data at Microsoft is negligent

Karsten Gerloff gerloff at fsfeurope.org
Fri Jul 12 14:04:23 PDT 2013

Dear all, 

in response to the latest Guardian article [1] on the NSA's dragnet
surveillance of Internet communication, FSFE has just published
the statement below.

In particular, we want to highlight what users of the affected
services (Microsoft's Outlook.com, Skype, Hotmail, Live.com,
SkyDrive) can do to protect themselves.

Best regards,

[1] http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/11/microsoft-nsa-collaboration-user-data

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> Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:56:08 +0200
> From: press at fsfeurope.org
> To: press-release at fsfeurope.org
> Subject: [FSFE PR][EN] New Snowden leak: Storing your data at Microsoft is negligent
> User-Agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)
> = New Snowden leak: Storing your data at Microsoft is negligent =
> [Read online: https://fsfe.org/news/2013/news-20130712-01.en.html ]
> In an article published today, The Guardian[1] describes how Microsoft
> is actively cooperating with the NSA. According to the article,
> Microsoft is providing the NSA with broad access to the communications
> of anyone using the company's services:
> - Microsoft gives the NSA access to encrypted mails on Hotmail, Live.com
>   and Outlook.com, as well as web chat messages.
> - Microsoft provides the NSA with easy access to its SkyDrive storage
>   service, which currently has 250 million users worldwide.
> - Microsoft makes it possible for the NSA to monitor audio and video
>   calls on the Skype service which it acquired in 2011.
>   "This makes it clear that trusting Microsoft with your critical
>   company data is downright negligent," says Karsten Gerloff, President
>   of the Free Software Foundation Europe. "In both the public and the
>   private sector, those responsible for security and data protection
>   urgently need to take action to protect their organisations, customers
>   and clients."
> While it is difficult or impossible to entirely escape surveillance,
> there are ways to minimise the risk that sensitive data, such as
> confidential product data or patient records, is intercepted by a third
> party. Free Software solutions for groupware, office products and
> operating systems are fully auditable, and often data security a
> priority. End-to-end encryption with Free Software products such as
> GnuPG[2] and off-the-record messaging (OTR)[3] protects data in transit.
> Products providing secure audio, video and chat communications, such as
> Jitsi[4], go a long way towards replacing Skype.
>   "We advise companies and all other organisations that wish to protect
>   their data to use Free Software solutions, to store data in-house
>   wherever possible, and to cooperate only with providers whom they
>   trust to protect their customers' data," says Gerloff. "Such providers
>   will often use strong encryption, and minimise the amount of data they
>   store. Using smaller providers instead of global IT companies makes it
>   somewhat less likely that customers' data will be caught in the NSA's
>   dragnet."
> Users should actively take control of their data and communications. One
> way to do so is to support the developers of Free Software encryption
> technologies, so they can continue to provide these important products.
> "Now is a good time to donate to the Free Software PGP implementation
> GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG)[5]!", says Matthias Kirschner, FSFE's Head of
> Public Awareness.
>   1. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/11/microsoft-nsa-collaboration-user-data/
>   2. http://gnupg.org/
>   3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off-the-Record_Messaging
>   4. https://jitsi.org/
>   5. http://g10code.com/gnupg-donation.html
> == Press Contact ==
>   Karsten Gerloff, Free Software Foundation Europe President
>   <gerloff at fsfeurope.org> m +49 176 9690 4298
>   Linienstraße 141, 10115 Berlin, Germany
> == About the Free Software Foundation Europe ==
>   The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
>   non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and
>   involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
>   participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in
>   the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free
>   Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the
>   furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study,
>   modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these issues,
>   securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people
>   Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central issues
>   of the FSFE.
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Karsten Gerloff                      [ ]   <gerloff at fsfeurope.org>
Free Software Foundation Europe   [ ][ ][ ]      [http://fsfe.org]
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