The Guardian headlines that Caspar Bowden, Microsoft's former chief privacy adviser, no longer trusts the security of the software giant's technology. Bowden says he was totally unaware of the NSA's Prism data-sharing program when he worked at the company between 2002 and 2011, and that he now no longer trusts Microsoft. Full details over here.
"The public now has to think about the fact that anybody in public life, or person in a position of influence in government, business or bureaucracy, now is thinking about what the NSA knows about them. So how can we trust that the decisions that they make are objective and that they aren't changing the decisions that they make to protect their career? That strikes at any system of representative government."
The wording of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Fisa) under which the NSA gathers intelligence means that "there's no protection if you're not an American", said Bowden.
He added: "We're living through a transformation in surveillance power that's never been seen before on earth. And we don't know what type of government or leader will come to power next and exploit it. It could be the next president. It could be this one."