Sunday, July 21, 2013
ED SNOWDEN'S REVELATIONS have serious implications for American business and law — and for us. At iPOLITICS, Steve Nixon has an article you should ponder, "What the Snowden revelations mean for business". There are issues, and they are still growing as consequences appear:
When the U.S. government decided to access e-mail traffic, phone calls and smart phone communications without conventional due process it did more damage to U.S. business than can be imagined.
Banks in the U.S. can no longer claim to offer secure financial transactions with their customers. With possible access to personal emails these government agencies have access to personal banking statements, online banking passwords, password reset links and online accounts.
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Another area that this security breakdown affects is the practice of law in general. With government tracking of private communications it can be legally argued that any communications could have been intercepted and communicated to third party sources. This strikes at the heart of the need for security in legal matters in countless ways. Confidential communications between lawyers, judges and legal clients are fully visible by government agencies through these various types of communication.
Canada was a heartbeat away from falling victim to the same fathomless problems that now plague the U.S. with Bill C-30.