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.
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