For many years the U.S. government has been snooping the internet and private networks and scouring through as much personal and private data as possible. Why? Ostensibly to find bad guys before they do anything bad, but humans being what they are– sneaky and often ethics free– probably much more than that. Thank you, Edward Snowden for pointing that out.
Guess what? The Chinese have been doing the same thing to the U.S. and other countries as they’ve been doing to China and for at least as many years. But now the chickens have come home to roost (another type of karma) and China wants technology companies that do business in China to hand over the keys to the kingdom. Keys? Encryption keys, security backdoors, et al; so the Chinese can spy with ease on everyone in China and potentially every company that makes or sells technology products in China.
In an odd twist to the obvious twists in this round of karma, it’s U.S. President Obama who is complaining about China’s plans to demand backdoor keys to U.S. technology companies and their products. Isn’t he the same Obama who wants the same thing for the U.S. government in the U.S? Just asking.
What’s interesting about this Chinese finger tit-for-tat is that U.S. technology companies now have a huge interest in China which makes it more difficult for them to close up shop and move home. Apple makes almost every product it sells in China. China will soon be Apple’s biggest customer. And it’s Apple which is making noise about being the choice of privacy and security at exactly the same time the Chinese government is making noise about taking away more privacy and security from citizens and foreign technology companies.
Not only is this a messy situation for all sides (perhaps less so for the Chinese than for Apple and U.S technology companies), but it’s bona fide certified karma in action.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!
What goes around, comes around, folks.