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The Guardian: Edward Snowden Urges Professionals To Encript Communications (VIDEO)

The Guardian: Edward Snowden Urges Professionals To Encript Communications (VIDEO)

Edward Snowden: 'If I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that' - video interview
Video: http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/jul/17/edward-sn...

Exclusive: Whistleblower says NSA revelations mean those with duty to protect confidentiality must urgently upgrade security

Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill
The Guardian, Thursday 17 July 2014 12.14 EDT

The NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has urged lawyers, journalists, doctors, accountants, priests and others with a duty to protect confidentiality to upgrade security in the wake of the spy surveillance revelations.

Snowden said professionals were failing in their obligations to their clients, sources, patients and parishioners in what he described as a new and challenging world.

Edward Snowden: 'If I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that' - video interview
Video: http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/jul/17/edward-sn...

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/17/edward-snowden-...



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The cheese stands alone. The proof is in the pudding.

I've always wondered how

I've always wondered how encryption technology works. I understand we can encrypt electronic messages and even phone signals. But... Doesnt the NSA break encryption all the time? I mean, do we civilians have any encryption technology that the NSA doesnt know about?

Now, whats the best way for a layman to encrypt his/her communications?

The Sad Part

I deal with Security, IT infrastructure experts, and programmers that are responsible for storing and securing information about millions of people.

They have no idea how it works either.

Exactly

I'm a website designer and always found it sad that I often know more about encryption than many of the programmers I've worked with over the years. I've found recently though that a whole lot of them have gotten a lot more savvy in terms of data security for online services and data storage/retrieval.

The real problem with encrypting things like the content of actual email messages is that both the sender and receiver have to have encryption software or client add-ons, which isn't always feasible - especially if you're communicating with the public at large. There are some new and less cumbersome options out now, but it still can be a tough sell to get the other side on board.

Unfortunately, as Snowden touched on, at least in my experience, doctors and medical practices are some of the worst offenders here. I could write a whole post about the awful practices I've seen, but at the end of the day with electronic medical records and Obamacare data collection, your medical privacy is/will be a thing of the past anyway.