Discretion is a 2-way street!
Clients - Please take note
It's pointless to write "Discretion and confidentiality are of utmost importance" but not take concrete steps to ensure and prove that. I pride myself on being the only Singaporean escort known to have the highest/strictest standards of screening and communications. A quick search and comparison will prove this instantly.
As the saying goes, "It takes 2 to tango", similarly, discretion and confidentiality works the same way. It is a 2 way street for both escort and client. I can take all the measures in the world within my means to protect information, but clients need to take responsibility as well. Don't be surprised if you are the cause of your own leak. It's important to make sure my clients are informed about this, and decide if they want to take this advice and recommendation onboard.
(If you don't want to read long posts like these, scroll down to the last paragraph for a nice little summary, and some tits and ass as a bonus.)
My screening procedures have not changed. My focus is on secured communication.
On the 22nd of March 2018, the US government passed the CLOUD act, on top of another act called SESTA/FOSTA.
- SESTA = Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act
- FOSTA = Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act.
- CLOUD = Clarifying Overseas Use of Data
Introducing the CLOUD Act - https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/02/cloud-act-dangerous-expansion-police-snooping-cross-border-data
Implications of FOSTA/SESTA - https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/03/how-congress-censored-internet
While you may be thinking, I'm in Singapore, how does this affect me and you? Singapore is a legalised state, unlike the USA, where it's criminalised. The CLOUD Act is when things start to get bleak.
Explaining CLOUD and how it affects me and you
- The bill creates an explicit provision for U.S. law enforcement (from a local police department to federal agents in Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to access “the contents of a wire or electronic communication and any record or other information” about a person regardless of where they live or where that information is located on the globe. In other words, U.S. police could compel a service provider—like Google, Facebook, or Snapchat—to hand over a user’s content and metadata, even if it is stored in a foreign country, without following that foreign country’s privacy laws.
- The bill would allow the President to enter into “executive agreements” with foreign governments that would allow each government to acquire users’ data stored in the other country, without following each other’s privacy laws.
The USA has long had a history of invading people's private information, but now, this law makes it perfectly fine for US law enforcement to access your private information legally without obstructions. This could happen to anyone over the world (aka you), because most mainstream service providers are always from the US, which of course, falls under US jurisdiction.
The past few years have brought an avalanche of news about the extent to which our communications are being monitored: WikiLeaks, the phone-hacking scandal, the Snowden files. Uproar greeted revelations about Facebook's "emotional contagion" experiment (where it tweaked mathematical formulae driving the news feeds of 700,000 of its members in order to prompt different emotional responses). Cesar A Hidalgo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology described the Facebook news feed as "like a sausage… Everyone eats it, even though nobody knows how it is made". (Citing this Guardian article)
Your private information like your correspondence with me if you use Gmail/Yahoo/AOL/any non-encrypted email provider, your Internet history where you searched for escorts, your messages exchanged with me over WhatsApp or Twitter direct messages, can theoretically be pursued by law enforcement if they choose to. As long as the apps you use for communication are based in the US, they are subject to US law and surveillance. The Internet was an American invention, naturally, a lot of mainstream apps and tools we use to communicate are US-based.
Bringing in point 2, Singapore's Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) currently does NOT allow cross-border transfer of information. Will this change in the future? We will have to wait and see. Right now, point 1 is good enough cause for us to be vigilant, because American corporations control the bulk of what the majority of us use for the Internet.
What you should do as a responsible client
Is there a silver lining? Absolutely. These laws are highly unlikely to be pursued here in Singapore, but if there is a remote chance of such a scenario happening, you can be sure that I will choose to err on the side of caution to minimise any negative implications moving forward.
Please do not let this deter you from booking. This does not make what we do illegal in any way. I am only doing my best to protect the way we communicate with each other because I do not like the thought of potentially being spied on, even though we are not discussing anything illegal. Read the next section for my analogies explaining why I am writing about this.
My recommendations for clients
- When surfing - A Tor browser coupled with a VPN service is really good. Either one by itself would be good!
- Protonmail - It is the top recommended encrypted email provider right now. I use this email provider currently, and have been doing so for my career so far. If both sender and receiver are using Protonmail, our email correspondence will subsequently be fully encrypted. Sign up for an account with your DESKTOP, so that you can select an email ending with .ch instead of .com. Protonmail has noted on their website that they feel that their .com addresses are low risk, but for complete peace of mind, an address with a .ch would be advised. Please note that email headings for Protonmail are NOT encrypted, so please don't change the given email header.
- Signal and/or Wire - Recommended encrypted messaging applications. Both are available for iOS and Android. Wire is based in Switzerland, Signal is open-sourced(International).
- General etiquette - As usual, please refrain from asking explicit things. It's been addressed in my FAQ that I always look forward to clients who don't emphasise on particular services, I don't like being restricted by "menu-style" services. It's just not me.
This is such a hassle! Why should I have to do all this? I don't have anything to hide!
Having nothing to hide doesn't mean you should ignore invasions of privacy. This is a painfully myopic way of addressing this.
You may live your life in a straightforward, open manner, but others may not. Here's an analogy. Some people are okay posting their nudes for everyone to see, some people flinch at the thought of even revealing too much of their shoulders. Is it wrong to not want to show too much shoulder? No. Is it any of your business if a person isn't comfortable with revealing their shoulders? Also no.
Surveillance means that every single detail of our movements, our everyday lives, can and will be used. Details that are seemingly mundane such as your grocery list over the years are not remotely embarrassing, or illegal, or wrong, but how would you feel if *all* those lists over the years were all dug up and examined? Would you feel uneasy and/or uncomfortable? I'd think so. I would be. This could happen to your emails, your GPS entries, your messages etc. All of these things may be used for innocent purposes, but would you really feel okay allowing someone to access and examine all this information if they feel like it?
There are many things people hide, like their sexuality because they are not ready to come out, or if they got pregnant by accident and they are still figuring out what to do about it, or you know.... if they want to hire an escort for personal reasons. There are many many things that are not wrong, illegal or unethical, they are just one of life's many complications. Does a government or corporation deserve the power to intrude on all these little facts about individuals?
I don't think so. Personally, If I send a message that is only meant for a specific person, I'd like to send the message knowing that my message would only be for his/her/their eyes only.
I came here to look at TITS AND ASS. Summarise everything for me.
Here's a summary for you in bullet points for easier reading.
- Wilfully gaining access and examining ALL your online details has now been made legal in the US.
- It affects me and you because our mainstream messaging applications are FROM the US, thus subject to US jurisdiction.
- Correspondence between me and you can now be tracked if US law enforcement wishes to do so. Just to be clear, nothing is criminalised for us as Singapore is a legalised environment.
- Step up your privacy game, allow yourself to live life breathing a little easier, get a Protonmail.CH email address, and download Signal and/or Wire. It takes two to tango, you want your privacy, I want mine as well. Keep it secure on your end too.
- If you choose to continue using your unencrypted providers etc, sure, but I will most definitely not be discussing anything explicit with you.
- Don't sacrifice privacy invasion for convenience. "If you're not paying for the product, you're the product being sold."
Thanks for reading!