Resident Muslim: What is Google, Apple and Microsoft, Alex?
Prey4reign: These companies are so pervasive and secretive that they cannot even be disclosed in a report revealing their existence. Next up, the killer in your medicine cabinet ...
SlothB77: "Here are your options:- play ball with us and get filthy rich, or- we regulate you out of business"google, facebook, microsoft, verizon, apple etc have no political power. They have a lot of money for lobbying, but they aren't the elected/ appointed bureaucrats who decide to or not to spy.Government bureaucrats have the power to make operating a business very easy or very difficult. They can change laws and regulations; they can choose whether to enforce certain laws and regulations. And the government bureaucrats are supposed to be the ones looking out for us, representing us.Because they are profiting handsomely from this, it appears these private companies are complicit. Perhaps they are being blackmailed into it by the same people who swore to serve us.
nubzers: Resident Muslim: What is Google, Apple and Microsoft, Alex?Don't forget yahoo. Or just about any major online company.
kendelrio: Autocorrect fail./CUE theme music
LordJiro: It likely isn't blackmail, it's a trade. In exchange for the government opening more loopholes, loosening regulations, looking the other way, etc., they help the government spy. Hell, it's not like they weren't collecting that information anyway.This is what you get when corporate interests are tied so closely to the government. Mutual corruption.
One Bad Apple: What do you think would happen if Google, Facebook, etc said "no" ?
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