Wednesday, June 19, 2013

NSA Leaks : Part V

Sergei Zhelezniak (EP): We have to provide a "digital sovereignty" of the country

"United States, which present themselves as a bastion of democracy, in fact, carry-the-minute surveillance of tens of millions of citizens of Russia and other countries. They officially declare that the information collected as part of PRISM, among the most important and valuable intelligence. In this ugly history involved all of the major Internet companies that are established in the U.S., and these companies operate on the territory of our country." from (automated Chromium translation from the original Russian)
Sergei Zhelezniak's comments above represent the most logical international backlash to Edward Snowden's revelations. In a world where international routers push data without regard to national boundaries, collecting private data without permission is always a  crime somewhere. Individuals that aid in that collection are accessories to a crime and equipment that is used in that collection are quite possibly assets subject to criminal forfeiture.
Simply put, we have created international highways but have forgotten to establish international laws to protect us from pirates and patriots.  "Digital sovereignty" movements would change the current topology of the internet. There will be more fallout like this to come.