Some of us never examine the code we use on our computers, but the fact that the code may legally be examined with FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) is one of dozens of reasons to use FLOSS. Not only can we be masters of our fate with FLOSS we can be more sure that others are not taking that role for themselves.
“These days Bowden said he is sticking with open source software that allows him to examine the underlying code itself and has also abandoned owning a mobile phone for the last two years.
Bowden’s not some pinko hippie. After a spell at Goldman Sachs he became a director of the Foundation for Information Policy think-tank before being lured to Redmond to oversee the privacy controls on its software in Europe. But since leaving he has been scathing about his former employer.”
If M$’s insiders suspect M$ is in collusion with NSA, imagine what outsiders suspect. Imagine what the world thinks of doing business with any USAian company.