Edward Snowden in an interview with The Guardian endorsed SpiderOak and their Zero-Knowledge service. The interview was published today on The Guardian website. The article talking more about SpiderOak and the some of the problems with Dropbox can be read here. You can also watch the whole interview here.
Mr. Snowden had this to say about SpiderOak and their zero-knowledge cloud storage system.
“Spideroak has structured their system in such a way you can store all of your information on them with the same sort of features that Dropbox does, but they literally had have no access to the content. So while they can be compelled to turn it over, the law enforcement agencies still have to go to a judge and get a warrant to actually get your encryption key from you.”
Mr. Snowden also had some very strong words to say about Dropbox, their service and the appointment of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to its board in April 2014. He comes right out and says that Dropbox is “hostile to privacy”. While Dropbox has been growing it has had some problems since the beginning of the NSA leaks, with the news that Dropbox is a “wannabe PRISM partner” and with a user revolt asking Dropbox to drop Condoleezza Rice.
If you are concerned at all about the over reach of the NSA and all the five eyes partners, using a service that offers strong encryption, like SpiderOak, will help keep your data safe. Even if the government went to SpiderOak and asked for your data the government would not be able to read it without getting the encryption key from you.
This is a great endorsement for SpiderOak, but I do have to wonder if the US government will next be knocking on the doors of SpiderOak and asking for some kind of back door to be able to read all of their users files. While their system is designed to not allow that type of problem I would hate to see the great folks at SpiderOak have to go though that hassle and headache from their own government like Ladar Levison and Lavabit had to go through.
It does make me wonder if SpiderOak actually has all of the files from the NSA stored safely encrypted on their servers?