This week a BBC story has claimed that Microsoft have put in a whole series of back doors within Skype so the NSA based in United States via PRISM can spy on everyone using Skype all under the pretence by the NSA they are spying on potential terrorists.
But with previous reputation of the NSA even within the United States few people believe the NSA as they have the reputation of spying on everyone regardless if they are a terrorist or not plus unlike the European Intelligence Services they are poorly regulated and controlled by United States government while European Intelligence Services have to work within a structured set of laws and rules or directly answer to the law if they do not.
By doing this Microsoft regardless of the excuse they were compelled by law to do so have broken a fundamental trust between the user and itself by allowing a third party to eavesdrop on private conversation and potentially have broken a large number of privacy laws both in the United States and Europe.
Add to this the fact they have allowed this to happen they have given more ammunition to the Linux and Open Source camp within Europe and it’s governments to remove Microsoft computers from both their government departments and beyond. After all Europe, including the United Kingdom, do not take kindly to the United States spying on them as they are supposed to be allies not enemies as after all you tend to spy on enemies not allies as it shows a distrust of your allies.
I think after these revaluations this week about Microsoft a lot of people like myself must be starting to wonder if Microsoft software in it’s present form should be allowed to be sold or used outside of the United States as it very presence does break so many privacy and potentially freedom of speech rights in large parts of the free world!
Plus I think it is time we outside of the United States have to start to question the United States Federal Government’s actions spying on foreign nationals within both the United Kingdom and Europe as it strikes me and others like me as attack on our freedoms by a country which claims to be the bastion of freedom and freedom of speech.
After all why is the United States spying on it Allies?
As a final note I and others know already our own governments within United Kingdom and Europe are monitoring the internet and the such but unlike the United States we trust them more as they have been doing for decades to fight the active terrorist here plus they have far more governmental control here and doing it for the right reasons to keep our societies safe from terrorist attack!