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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
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2014-03-14 09:15:26 AM  
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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 09:09:18 AM  
1 vote:
"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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