Data Privacy and Security

Quotes of the week: "A historic act of devastating incompetence"

“We urge the U.S. to stop listening in, monitoring, stealing secrets and [conducting] cyber-attacks against China and other countries.”

Geng Shuang, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, speaking at a Beijing press briefing


“This is a historic act of devastating incompetence, to have created such an arsenal and stored all in one place and not secured it.”

Julian Assange reflecting on how WikiLeaks gained access to its latest set of leaks on the CIA


“Julian Assange is not exactly a bastion of truth and integrity. Despite the efforts of Assange and his ilk, CIA continues to aggressively collect foreign intelligence overseas to protect America from terrorists, hostile nation states, and other adversaries.”

CIA statement on Julian Assange


“If we don't employ robots, the Chinese will, the Vietnamese will, the Europeans will, the Japanese will. Everyone will.”

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Rosso on the future of technology


“I didn’t like it very much, but that’s okay. Let’s talk!”

What Steve Jobs reportedly said in response to Ron Johnson’s Genius Bar idea


“I know one person who isn't getting rich in the Snapchat IPO. Hint: the guy who didn't reply to this email.”

Tech Investor Chris Sacca laments the fact he had the change to invest in Snapchat – which floated for around $20 billion this week - back in 2012


“It's time to start reclaiming cyberspace from the menace of over-surveillance. What the world needs is not more state-sponsored shenanigans on the internet but rational, civilized agreement about appropriate state behaviour in cyberspace. This is not utopia. This is cold, stark reality.”

Joseph A. Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, calling for fair and unified laws around data privacy around the world


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