[Osmf-talk] hosting in the UK and "anti-terror legislation"

Kai Krueger kakrueger at gmail.com
Mon Sep 9 15:48:44 UTC 2013

On 09/09/2013 09:25 AM, Oleksiy Muzalyev wrote:
> Besides Switzerland is a politically neutral country. It is stated in
> the constitution. There are serious laws protecting and enforcing
> privacy in Switzerland.

Unfortunately that doesn't exclude Switzerland or Swiss companies from
colluding with other intelligence services either, as the case of Crypto
AG [1] impressively demonstrates. It back doored its encryption devices
it sold world wide for trivial access for the BND (german intelligence
service) and NSA.

Also, moving hosting locations doesn't always help either, as the case
of SWIFT sadly demonstrates. SWIFT took the leap (and costs) to move its
transactions out of the US to protect other countries privacy from the
US legislation, only to find that the EU then quickly changed its laws
to ensure that the US still has nearly unlimited access to all of that data.

So probably a careful analysis of what information gets collected and
stored and potentially limit this collection is the best option to
protect the privacy of OSM users.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crypto_AG


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