In the past couple of weeks a number of revelations have shown the extent of secret service organizations from around the world tapping the Internet to spy on their citizens and those of other nations, store data about them, record their use of the network and communication metadata such as phone call records. While I think that some of these measures are justified when it comes to counter international crime and terrorism, the line for me is crossed when data of innocent people from around the world is copied and stored indefinitely. Also, wiretapping embassies of other nations and using resources for industrial and political espionage against friends and partners is also something that I find unacceptable. This has to stop and I hope that people and politicians around the world in free and democratic countries will find the courage to control and restrict their secret services and those supporting them and not have their liberty and freedom restricted and undermined by them.
Having said this, I find myself ever more encouraged to protect myself when using the Internet. Using Owncloud to ensure my private data is hosted on my own servers and communicating with them in a secure fashion can only be the first step. I have quite a number of things in mind I want to change over the course of the next months. Watch out on this blog for the details to come.
But raising the shields by storing my data in my own network and encrypting more of my communication is not the cure, it's just treating the symptoms. Privacy and freedom have to come back to communication and only internationally agreed limits to what intelligence agencies are allowed to do on and off the Internet will bring back what we have lost.