Apple has already moved to lock the government out of iPhones, and Google is planning to do the same with Android phones. That means people are more secure, but police will have fewer options when it comes to investigating crimes because they will not be able to use the information on our phones.

As Open Data Institute director Waldo Jaquith points out, this probably never would have happened if the NSA hadn’t decided to hack everything from email to attorney-client communications. When the government gets overly snoopy, it is entirely predictable that the NSA’s targets (we are all targets, whether the NSA admits it or not) will react by locking things down. Which is exactly what has happened.

So thanks, NSA! I guess.

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