Confidentiality gone for ever?
Thread poster: Lesley Clarke

Lesley Clarke  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 20:30
Spanish to English
Sep 6, 2013

Having signed countless confidentiality agreements, I find the latest revelations about the NSA and GCHQ have rendered them ridiculous.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/05/nsa-gchq-encryption-codes-security

I would be interested to know what others think? Will we have to go back to translating documents delivered by courier?


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Theo Bernards  Identity Verified
France
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No, confidentiality is not gone forever. Sep 6, 2013

Yes, NSA and GCGQ have done despicable things. Yes, the intelligence community are insane, paranoid, narrow-minded and rather disrespectful of both democracy and privacy entitlements. But who didn't know this all at some level is a perhaps a bit naive, don't you think?

It is all about intent. NSA will never disclose my communications with translation agencies or clients, unless I translate a terrorism plan. Trust me, once such a plan comes to me, I will alert the NSA myself (I put that phrase in for the intelligence community to take note, just in case they read this ☺). Clients will want to know that I will never disclose their confidential information. That is all that really matters.


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Lesley Clarke  Identity Verified
Mexico
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Spanish to English
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Sorry Theo Sep 6, 2013

I think you are being naive. I don't really think they could possibly be interested in me or you, but industrial espionage is serious stuff, ergo, the confidentiality agreements we sign.

People pay serious money to lay their hands on it, and these people at NSA and GCHQ are only human and often subcontractors, like Edward Snowden was, but not all as altruisic as he is.


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Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
France
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To the best of our knowledge Sep 6, 2013

Please, Lesley,

Don't add anything to our professional and commercial knowledge.

Cheers,
Gerard


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