PRISM and other domestic surveillance programs been the focus of
attention this week, there is no question that the online world has been
shaken by such broad programs where the US government is gathering not
only phone calls, but email, data and even personal information from at
least 9 tech giants. While the government claims it cannot intentionally
target US citizens, there are two things that they have not denied, and
are probably very real. While not intentionally, Americans most
certainly find some of their information gathered by the NSA
unintentionally. Also, these reassurances do nothing to calm foreigners.
what does this mean for innovators and people trying to build cool tech
companies? There can be several take aways from this week's events.
First, it seems likely that if the government has any desire to get some
data from your own network, about anyone at all, it's likely you cannot
do much to stop them. So as a tech innovator, especially if you run a
business that holds data for your users, you need to decide how to react
to such a request.
could also have another effect. There are far more people outside the
US than inside, yet the tech community is mostly US centric. This opens
the door for foreign companies to build competing technology. Already
the EU is very concerned about these spying programs, so it is quite
likely that innovators based in Europe and other countries may see
business opportunities from this.