Edward Snowden has struck again, this time, the victims are Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and surprisingly, Dropbox. In an interview given to The New Yorker Festival, Snowden said that people must avoid using Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Dropbox because these services are a threat to their privacy. People must search for encrypted services for daily usage. He thinks that instead of other famous services, people must use SpiderOak, because it uses the encrypted algorithms.
Snowden also mentioned some other messaging and connecting services like Silent Circle and RedPhone. He also said that Apple devices are not completely safe from external intrusion. These comments are hurting the popularity and trust of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Dropbox because people are already confused about the level of safety on social media and text messaging. The recent leaks of nude photos online from iCloud and Snapchat has increased these doubts.
The whistleblower has no regret whatsoever on his leak of National Security Agency documents. He thinks that there is a need of political reform in the country in order to craft a free and better society.
In 1971, Dan Ellsberg leaked some Pentagon documents after which, he was offered a fair trial in the US courts. Snowden mentioned Ellsberg’s case and said that he must also be offered a fair trial. The ex-spy said that he would love to come back to US, but the current circumstances are not favoring his wishes.
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Dropbox are previously accused of not ensuring complete privacy for its users. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) also got a bad name after some news suggested that the companies were allegedly involved in giving secret information to the spy agencies. Dropbox is used by a huge number of users to saving data and documents on Cloud. The latest comments from Snowden is likely to dilute Dropbox’s popularity.
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