Edward Snowden has some important tips for those interested in privacy, steer clear from Dropbox and Facebook..
Snowden, appearing in a recent interview for the New Yorker Festival, answered the burning question of questions, how do we keep our private things private? For one thing, he said you should “get rid of Dropbox,” because it doesn’t support encryption.
Snowden also suggested that while Facebook has improved their security, it remains a “dangerous service” that people should avoid.
When you say, ‘I have nothing to hide,’ you’re saying, ‘I don’t care about this right.’ You’re saying, ‘I don’t have this right, because I’ve got to the point where I have to justify it.’ The way rights work is, the government has to justify its intrusion into your rights. h/t techcrunch
As for whether or not he will be returning to the United States to stand trial, he said that when he looked at how the US government treated whistleblowers like Thomas Drake and Chelsea Manning, he became convinced that wouldn’t be able to make his case to a jury.
“I’ve told the government again and again in negotiations, you know, that if they’re prepared to offer an open trial, a fair trial in the same way that Dan Ellsberg got, and I’m allowed to make my case to the jury, I would love to do so,” he said. “But to this point they’ve declined.”
Snowden acknowledged that there’s some irony in his taking shelter in China and Russia, countries that don’t exactly have spotless human rights or privacy records themselves.