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  •  I get some very useful services from Google. (3+ / 0-)
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    bruh1, Another Grizzle, nchristine

    I am fully aware that in using them I am putting various personal information out where it can be picked up and perhaps abused. I am in a position to make some fairly rational decisions about trade offs. If I think that Google has breached its responsibilities to me I do have some legal recourse.

    When it comes to the US government I am in a much more powerless position. I don't give my consent for them to collect information. They claim to be doing it for my own good, but I'm not allowed to know what they think they have accomplished in specific terms. Today's revelations from Edward Snowdon give the impression that their security arrangements are particularly lax.

    Yes there is no such thing as total privacy as soon as you tell something to another person. But, that doesn't mean that there is no reason to be concerned about government abuses.  

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