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With user trust at an all-time low, keeping the FBI’s hands off foreign users’ data seems like good business sense for U.S. companies. Microsoft says it’s fighting the feds over your email, but it also happens to be fighting to support the Microsoft business model. If your business isn’t like Microsoft (and if you’re a tech company that’s fewer than 10 years old that’s probably you), backing this case might not actually be in your best interest.
""The information they got may or may not be useful directly, but it could help a bad guy get more clues about a person's identity," he said. "That could be useful to an adversary."
In many cases, data breaches can be larger than originally apparent, Forno added.
"As time goes on and the investigation continues, you never know if you'll find other leads that may change your initial assumptions," he said."
"“Hospitals have moved away from using ordinary email because there are all sorts of ways in which it can be compromised, intercepted in transit, or seen by your email provider,” said Jonathan Mayer, a computer scientist and lawyer at Stanford who specializes in data security and privacy. He added, “It’s especially bad when the information is in the subject line because who knows where that could pop up — on a desktop, a phone.”"
"(Narayanan, elsewhere, in talking about his doctoral research on problems with data anonymization, said his thesis, "in a sentence, is that the level of anonymity that consumers expect—and companies claim to provide—in published or outsourced databases is fundamentally unrealizable.")"