Former Microsoft privacy advisor says he isn’t convinced by the security offered by the company’s tech
Former Microsoft privacy advisor Caspar Bowden has said he does not trust the company and does not have faith in the security of its technology, following the leaks of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
“I don’t trust Microsoft now,” Bowden said, according to a report in the Guardian. He claimed he now only uses open source software so he could check the code for potential backdoors, and does not carry a phone.
It’s believed the NSA has the power to tap iPhone, Android and BlackBerry phones.
The NSA has also allegedly tampered with much-used encryption, meaning many Internet users could be spied on despite claims they are safe.
“The public now has to think about the fact that anybody in public life, or person in a position of influence in government, business or bureaucracy, now is thinking about what the NSA knows about them,” Bowden added.
“So how can we trust that the decisions that they make are objective and that they aren’t changing the decisions that they make to protect their career? That strikes at any system of representative government.”
Before his stint at Microsoft, Bowden was director of the Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR), and a trustee of Privacy International.
A Microsoft spokesperson said in response: “We believe greater transparency on the part of governments – including the US government – would help the community understand the facts and better debate these important issues. That’s why we’ve taken a number of steps to try and secure permission, including filing legal action with the US government.”
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