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  •  Companies like Google having... (9+ / 0-)

    ...your personal data is far less sinister than the government having it.

    Google / Facebook / et al are in the business of selling ads. They store personal data so they can produce better ads that are more likely that you'll buy something from. That's really the upshot. There are a lot of other considerations (insurance issues, privacy / not having your secrets blabbed all over the place), and they can be addressed.

    But this is far different than the government having your secrets. The government can prosecute you for them (oh, a little drug or hooker habit? Throw him/her in jail!) or abuse these powers in other ways. Google will just try to sell you trendy shoes that, more likely than not, you'll actually like and want to buy.

    Not to mention that the government can in theory keep private companies in check but no one will keep the government in check, as this fiasco proves. The government will literally do whatever it feels like with zero oversight.

    Government snooping and private company 'snooping' are not remotely in the same league. They are not two sides of the same thing. One of them is far more sinister and dangerous than the other one.

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 08:39:54 PM PDT

    •  ...or selling it to the Government.. (3+ / 0-)

      Sparhawk, you fail to recognize that the Government is just another business customer for Google. And.. even better... Google has information about the people who make the purchasing decisions which make them.. um... vulnerable to the open bid process. Think, man. When the Corporations and the Government decide to pool their resources, we are all in deep trouble. Ask the Germans how that turned out for them when IG Farber, Damlier-Benz and Krupp Steel all decided a little nationalism would be good for morale around 1923. We have all been here before.

      Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

      by OregonOak on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 09:43:13 PM PDT

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