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November 26, 2014

NSA Spying Chills Globalization

The extent of the National Security Agency’s use of Internet giants to spy on foreigners has Matthew Yglesias concerned that “we’re either going to have to see fragmentation of Internet commerce or else we’re going to need some kind of credible common standards.”

“Democratically elected governments in Europe, Latin America, and Asia are going to be expected to take steps to safeguard their own citizens’ privacy vis-a-vis the United States. Ideally that would take place through the mechanism of international privacy protection agreements that allow us to keep the international internet that we know and love. But if it’s not possible to reach agreement, then U.S.-based tech firms are going to find themselves subject to overlapping and contradictory regulatory schemes.”

“The status quo in which American companies operate as a stalking horse for foreign intelligence operations isn’t going to be sustainable.”

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