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  •  The real difference (11+ / 0-)

    is that Google can't do anything to me, so long as they don't give my information to someone with the power to do something.

    (They can try to sell me products. But where there is a software problem, there is a software solution.)

    The federal government, on the other hand, can do things. Will they? Probably not. But they can. And it's that power that makes privacy from the government a key civil liberties issue.

    Privacy from private entities is...not really possible if you want the benefits of the Internet and privacy from the government. Either you share your information with private entities (web hosts, ISPs, software providers, all-of-the-above entities like Google) or you find some way to publicly administer the same services (which would entail sharing your information with the government).

    So the best deal is probably the ability to use private entities and trust that they won't share your information with the government.

    "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

    by kyril on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 04:37:06 PM PDT

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    •  Except, kyril, they DO share stuff. (1+ / 0-)
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      In this particular case, I suspect Google is more on our side than any other private entity.  IOW, I think if the gov't went to AOL and asked about your email, AOL would cave so fast your car would fall through to China.

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      by Youffraita on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 01:03:52 AM PDT

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