Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lack of Privacy Leads To Abundance of Accountability

Today on the news was a story in the FT that the Wall St bods are now ditching Blackberry devices and switching to alternatives, further underscoring the problems at Blackberry.

This isn't a surprise as it's only saving grace was it was more secure than the competition, but that argument has a fatal flaw: security is only as strong as the weakest link.  Therefore, if your secure Blackberry is sending an email to a phone that is not a Blackberry (so that's now most of us) that security has multiple places to get compromised along the way by everything from general OS flaws, the NSA or any other number of SOX compliance measures that back up the receivers Android phone or iPhone incase it's tossed in the nearest lake.

When you think about it, the public has been very quick to acknowledge they have zero privacy.  We have known for years that this moment would eventually come, but it's amazing to see how quickly people accepted this status quo with no real protest.

The good news is this could ultimately be used in a positive way. It's now only a matter of time before all this backed up information makes its way to the common man:
"Your honour, the bank claims it never received the instructions from the customer.... So here's 'exhibit A' from their SOX compliancy backup system and a corroborating tail from the NSA to prove it did arrive and try deleted it".

Yes, it's only a matter of time.