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(New Europe)   Online information could not be spied on and controlled without the help of the private sector. These are the "Internet mercenaries" that place their expertise in the service of authoritarian regimes in return for colossal sums of money   (neurope.eu) divider line 23
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2014-03-14 08:41:24 AM
And if you're in trouble and can find them, maybe YOU can hire... The A-Tream

/cur music
 
2014-03-14 08:46:31 AM
What is Google, Apple and Microsoft, Alex?
 
2014-03-14 08:46:42 AM
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 ...
 
2014-03-14 08:48:23 AM
Thanks, Obama.
 
2014-03-14 08:49:12 AM
What do you think would happen if Google, Facebook, etc said "no" ?
 
2014-03-14 08:50:23 AM
I'm in the wrong business.
 
2014-03-14 08:52:12 AM
Autocorrect fail.

/CUE theme music
 
2014-03-14 09:05:16 AM

Resident Muslim: What is Google, Apple and Microsoft, Alex?


Don't forget yahoo. Or just about any major online company.
 
2014-03-14 09:07:30 AM
China's press freedom is rated as one of the world's worst

assets-s3.usmagazine.com
 
2014-03-14 09:09:18 AM
"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.
 
2014-03-14 09:10:43 AM

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 ...


What you said.
 
2014-03-14 09:12:04 AM
Yeah, beat me to it.  You think the government is merely asking nicely and offering a shiatload of "free" money?  There are certainly threats.  The awesome thing is that we taxpayers are paying for our own privacy invasions.
 
2014-03-14 09:15:26 AM

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.


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.
 
2014-03-14 09:18:02 AM
"Here are your options:

- play ball with us and get filthy rich, or
- we regulate you out of business government"

google, facebook, microsoft, verizon, apple etc have no a lot of political power
in the United States.  They have a lot of money for lobbying, but they aren't the electing/ appointing 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
funding the election campaigns.  Perhaps they are being blackmailing into it by the same people who swore to serve us.

/fixed?
 
2014-03-14 09:18:47 AM

nubzers: Resident Muslim: What is Google, Apple and Microsoft, Alex?

Don't forget yahoo. Or just about any major online company.


Amazon?  From a gov'ment perspective, it would be nice to know who is buying bulletproof vests, smoke grenades, etc.
 
2014-03-14 09:19:00 AM

kendelrio: Autocorrect fail.

/CUE theme music


I can't help being amused - CUR means Yahoo Finance on the NYSE.
 
2014-03-14 09:27:45 AM

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.


and what if a company took the moral high road and cut the government off from the gravy train?
 
2014-03-14 09:30:51 AM
Money buys political power. Anyone who thinks that corporations have no choice but to go along with this has no idea how lobbying works in Washington or how quickly legislators can be replaced with more tractable ones.
 
2014-03-14 09:42:58 AM

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 ...


vid.marketmenot.com
 
2014-03-14 10:24:14 AM

One Bad Apple: What do you think would happen if Google, Facebook, etc said "no" ?


Qwest said 'no' under Joseph Nacchio and served a sentence a sentence for insider trading. We can only speculate about whether or not a wealthy CEO actually going to prison is in any way related to telling surveillance agencies 'no' though Nacchio is clear in his belief that is it. Low level employees who refuse can expect to die in botched drug raids or somesuch.
 
2014-03-14 10:43:04 AM
The important thing is to stay afraid of everything and vote for the person promising to do ANYTHING to keep us safe.
 
2014-03-14 11:28:09 AM

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 ...


So, Names that can not be spoken?
Swell, we have dumbed ourselves back to the 15th century.

/too much money makes corporations NUTZ!
 
2014-03-14 11:56:32 AM
The US ranks #46 out of the 180 countries ranked in a study.
That is colossally bad for a country that purports to have 'freedom of the press'.

Thanks Obama.

/transparency my ass
 
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