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Imagine what would happen if the roads were owned by car companies, and they could ban you from driving if you expressed a negative opinion of one of their cars. Or if a phone company could cut off your conversation the moment you express something they don't agree with.
A year ago I posted a statement about privacy and social media on Facebook. They froze my account for six months. Since I only check it about once a month, and don't depend on it for my social interactions, this was not much of a punishment. But it is a disturbing indicator of what they can do to a population increasingly dependent on them.
The public is finally becoming aware of the threat posed by all of this surveillance and profiling, because NSA got caught red-handed. How do we know there aren't other "security" agencies, even more secretive than NSA, tapping our phones and emails? How do we know the companies, like Facebook and Google, which are compiling our data, won't someday use it for more nefarious purposes than just selling us junk?
Please sign on to our campaign to shine some light on the data-collecting racket. We are making a very modest demand--not banning data collection, but requiring the collectors to ask our permission first.
Even MoveOn, which has provided the platform for actions like this, does not behave well. If you sign the petition, they consider you a "member". I advise people to unsubscribe right away if they don't want to hear from MoveOn again. Either way, the irony is not lost on me!
Yes, this is an uphill battle. But I have yet to hear a cogent argument, from anyone of any political persuasion, that this is an unreasonable thing to ask for.