“Tech companies are picking a big public fight with the NSA because it looks good.”

American government and American companies fighting the crypto wars

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Wed, Nov 5th, 2014 15:51 by capnasty NEWS

According to former NSA lawyer Stewart Baker, encryption being put into place by Apple and Google to protect user's data is being seen by the U.S. government as a move more hostile than "surveillance by China or Russia." This may just be for show, however: using Blackberry as an example, protecting user's data is a bad business model if a company wants to flourish in foreign markets.

Baker said encrypting user data had been a bad business model for Blackberry, which has had to dramatically downsize its business and refocus on business customers. “Blackberry pioneered the same business model that Google and Apple are doing now - that has not ended well for Blackberry,” said Baker.

He claimed that by encrypting user data Blackberry had limited its business in countries that demand oversight of communication data, such as India and the UAE and got a bad reception in China and Russia. “They restricted their own ability to sell. We have a tendency to think that once the cyberwar is won in the US that that is the end of it - but that is the easiest war to swim.”

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