I think Snowden pretty much proved US products or not we're all being watched albeit illegally, same here in the UK. It's one think it being against the law, but expose that law breaking by the US government and you end up in Snowden's situation. Can you imagine if you found out you were being unlawfully spied upon by the US government and you took this issue to court? They'd use every loophole including 'possible connections with terrorists because you Googled 'terrorism' once. The judge's head would be spinning that fast you'd be behind bars before he'd taken an Aspirin lol.Critical point here.. Just simply collect less data and everyone is better off. Hence why Fortinet essentially allows you to disable ALL data collection from ALL products/services/software.. Don't want anything collected? No problem, tick a few boxes and we're all better off.
The constitutional lawyer in our family brought up a good point to me. By using US Products/Services we come under US Consumer Protection Laws, Regulations, Acts and the Constitution itself. It's incredibly illegal for the US Govt. to gather intelligence on local citizens without probable cause and due process. But if you start using offshore based products/services, you vacate yourself from legal protection because your data sudden becomes the possession of a foreign actor.
Case in point, if you are using a US-Made, US-Stored cloud backup, a US Citizen comes under direct protection by US Law. But if you are using a Russian based cloud backup service your data is offshore, and now subject to US Intelligence gathering, and you've abdicated your legal protection to some extent. He reminded me that it is a constitutional violation to unmask a US citizen without a court order and that citizen will need to be talking to a FORN entity for the court order to have merit. Similar to how a NON-US Citizen would be using a US-Based product, they have no legal protection whatsoever.
Maybe American's should switch to Norton.. AHAHAH