In response to the Guardian report that major Internet companies including Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Google, YouTube, Skype, Yahoo, PalTalk, and AOL, have apparently been providing sensitive user data to the National Security Agency (NSA), FSF executive director John Sullivan made the following statement:
Massive privacy intrusions like this are to be expected when people shift from storing their media locally and using local software, to storing them on other people's servers and using hosted (Web) applications. Giants like Microsoft, Facebook and Google are vulnerable to government requests for user data, and there are better, more secure ways to share information online. Free software projects like GNU MediaGoblin, StatusNet, Diaspora, pump.io, Tahoe-LAFS, FreedomBox and SparkleShare are hard at work creating a less centralized world where users retain control over both their media and the software used to access it, while still getting the social and convenience benefits of the giant centralized -- and compromised -- services.
|MediaGoblin||Use this instead of using Facebook, YouTube, or Google+ to host and manage your own collections of images, videos, and other multimedia including 3D graphics viewed via the next-generation features of HTML5
|StatusNet||A good replacement for Twitter that supports the OAuth standard for logging into multiple sites using the same credentials, similar to Twitter
|Tahoe-LAFS||A great system for system administrators to store your data securely in a distributed file-system that provides redundancy and data-integrity which prevents the storage-provider from accessing your data through it's use of cryptography
|ownCloud||A Web application for storage and synchronization of files, calendars and contacts on your server.
|Tor||When used with encryption, this helps anonymize and secure your Internet traffic.|
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