Confidentiality and Government snooping
Thread poster: Lesley Clarke

Lesley Clarke  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 13:57
Spanish to English
Aug 11, 2009

This is not a new issue, but I'm a bit slow on the uptake.

I was just reading this article

"Government plans to outsource official spying, forcing communication service providers like BT to retain personal communications data – records of all phonecalls, emails, texts and internet connections – have been severely criticised by the industry expected to do ministers dirty work for them."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/henryporter/2009/aug/03/spy-email-record-snooping

and I couldn't help wondering how this affects our clients. I mean, in reality most espionage is industrial espionage and surely these policies -the article is about the UK but obviously this is a worldwide trend - mean all the confidentiality agreements in the world will not keep our clients business safe.

I'd be interested in other people's opinions


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John Rawlins  Identity Verified
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Confidentiality agreements are fairly meaningless Aug 11, 2009

In the face of a government's intention to monitor all electronic activity, I believe that most of the the confidentiality agreements we sign are fairly meaningless. We can promise not to willingly disclose information, but we cannot promise to protect information - unless we forswear the internet or invest in serious encryption.

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