Does data you want to remain private need to be stored with companies outside of US?


The President of Lavabit, the email provider used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, suddenly shut down it’s services and issued a statement that said: “without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.” Is he right?

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Probably so, but that’s no guarantee either. It isn’t as if other countries aren’t doing similar things with companies physically located within their borders. Plus, once you are transmitting data offshore, you potentially lose whatever protections exist for US citizens, although those are pretty thin these days. Really, until applicable laws are changed by Congress I don't think anyone can count on their privacy being protected anywhere. 

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