New privacy hires at WhatsApp: Nate Cardozo (EFF), Robyn Greene (Open Technology Institute)

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We should take this opportunity to remind people of Spaf’s First Law of System Administration:

If your position in an organization includes responsibility for security, but does not include corresponding authority, then your role in the organization is to take the blame when something happens. You should make sure your resume is up-to-date.


To me, it seems as if WhatsApp is to Facebook as casinos are to mobsters: the respectable façade to a criminal organisation. As much as I respect these guys for taking on this task, their work is only made possible by the fact that Facebook needs WhatsApp to be its saving grace as a company. Especially after the latest news of how they were paying under-35’s to use a “vpn” that was just a data collector.


This is right after the speculation that Mueller went after Roger Stone to get his phone because Stone and Kushner are supposedly obsessed with WhatsApp.

Meanwhile, this just hit my inbox:

Software and Data Architect (Platforms – Autonomous Vehicles)
Company Name Huawei Technologies
Company Location Toronto

If they don’t trust them for 5G, why trust them for robocars?

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@fnordius, @Anselm - concur.

This is window dressing in order to smooth out the wrinkles in the upcoming integration of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger into a common software architecture one network to rule them all.

What’s the over/under on how long they last?

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