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MAVERICK FORMER NSA CONTRACTOR Edward Snowden has slammed Dropbox as "hostile to privacy", warning users to move to services with "zero knowledge", that is, no way of decrypting data stored with them.
The latest comments to The Guardian are not a leak, but rather what Basil Fawlty might call "a statement of the bleedin' obvious, Cybil", pointing out that earlier this year, the company hired Condeleezza Rice, a darling of the Bush Jr administration and one of the architects of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, ostensibly to bolster its presence overseas.
Citing the relatively little known Spideroak as an example, Snowden explained, "Spideroak has structured their system in such a way you can store all of your information on them with the same sort of features that Dropbox does, but they literally had have no access to the content. So while they can be compelled to turn it over, the law enforcement agencies still have to go to a judge and get a warrant to actually get your encryption key from you."
Last year, The INQUIRER interviewed David Gurle, the founder of Perzo, a productivity platform with similar encryption and ethos.
As part of the same Guardian interview, Snowden also explains the National Security Agency (NSA) policy for dealing with nude photos that are discovered during the course of snooping.
"They turn around in their chair and they show their co-worker. And their co-worker says: 'Oh hey, that's great. Send that to Bill down the way.' And then Bill sends it to George, George sends it to Tom. And sooner or later this person's whole life has been seen by all of these other people."
And so before you know it, instead of tossing it to one side as not relevant to the investigation, everyone at the NSA has seen your dinkle, boobies or foufou.
Snowden, who is presently holed up in Russia to avoid arrest for treason, said in the interview, which is due to be published in full tomorrow, "If I end up in chains in Guantanamo, I can live with that." µ