Good news everyone. Big Tech is putting a stop to Kazakhstan spying! Bad news everyone. Big Tech isn’t putting a stop to their own spying on your inbox, web traffic, purchasing history, and more. Borat isn’t very happy and you shouldn’t be either.
The fact that these Silicon Valley oligarchs receive praise from the mainstream media for stopping government surveillance, while hypocritically conducting mass surveillance themselves for their own net benefit to the tune of billions of dollars a year, is telling. I think I’d rather have the Kazakh government spying on me than Google doing so to be honest.
Google, Apple and Firefox browser maker Mozilla took steps on Wednesday to block the Kazakh government from creating an internet surveillance system using their browsers.
Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox will block a government encryption certificate that allows authorities to read anything a user types or posts using the browsers, including account information and passwords, the companies said in separate statements.
Apple also said in a statement it would take similar measures to protect the users of its Safari browser.Kazakh authorities were not immediately available to comment.
Earlier this month, Kazakhstan said it had halted implementation of the system, the initial roll out of which was described as a test by the government.State security officials had said its goal was to protect Kazakh users from “hacker attacks, online fraud and other kinds of cyber threats”.
Archived Source: CNBC Google, Apple, Mozilla move to block Kazakh surveillance system
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