President Obama promised changes on NSA. Changes, except to the worse, are nowhere to be found. This prompted a call from Facebook CEO straight to president Obama.
Please consider Facebook’s Zuckerberg Called Obama on NSA Frustration
“The U.S. government should be the champion for the Internet, not a threat,” he wrote in a post on his Facebook page yesterday. “They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst.”
Zuckerberg’s comments follow reports that the National Security Agency has been disguising itself as Facebook to gain access to users’ computers for spying, according to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to the online news site The Intercept. It was the latest in a string of revelations about government surveillance that led Facebook, along with Google Inc., Apple Inc. and others, to call on the U.S. to disclose more about government requests for user data.
“We encrypt communications, we use secure protocols for traffic, we encourage people to use multiple factors for authentication and we go out of our way to help fix issues we find in other people’s services,” Zuckerberg said. “When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.”
Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for Obama’s National Security Council, confirmed the conversation between Zuckerberg and the president. She declined to give any details.
So Mr. President, where is the change you promised?
I think Obama needs a new slogan “change you can’t believe in”.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock