There really IS a choice on gov't cooperation
When there is a non-economic reason to care, you really DO have a choice about cooperating or not with extortion and thuggery by governments agencies like the NSA. Lavabit did the right thing by shutting down, blowing the whistle, and taking the associated risks. Had the founder left the United Snakes for additional security, he would have been free from fear of prosecution. People who defy grand juries and three-letter agencies are heroes, exercising choice at personal risk to protect the rest of us.
Originally Posted by blacqwolf
The Europeans care, and are working to keep their data out of the US, an issue that will hopefully sink the proposed TTIP trade deal. They have a choice and are exercising it.
Even Microsoft has a choice. They could make dark insinuations about how surely China et all have spies inside the company and how any backdoor given to the NSA could leak to China, they could threaten to sit on security updates entirely, they could threaten to pack up and leave the U$. Of course, we know Microsoft, like Intel, is one of those corporations that are so big that it can be argued that they are the master and the US government itself is the servant. That means the relationship between the NSA and Microsoft is like the relationship between myself and an activist computer center asking me to conduct a forensic examination of all computers used by a suspected snitch.