posted on Jun, 12 2013 @ 04:16 PM
Google asks to publish more US gov't information
Source [Associated Press]
So the tech companies caught up in this PRISM business want permission to float their own lies ... err ... uhhh ... tell their own side of the
Google is asking the Obama administration for permission to disclose more details about the U.S. government's demands for email and other personal
information transmitted online in an effort to distance itself from an Internet dragnet.
All the companies and services have denied giving the U.S. government unfettered access to user data. The companies say they only turn over user data
under legally binding orders, and try to regularly resist orders considered to be too broad.
Because this is what's at stake:
Minimizing the appearance of their involvement in PRISM is important to the technology companies. The companies don't want Web surfers to
become paranoid about sharing personal information on their services or, worse yet, avoiding their websites altogether. Attracting big audiences helps
the companies sell more advertising. Those ads command higher prices and run more frequently when the companies are able to decipher personal data
and determine which parts of the audience are most likely to be interested in certain products.
The stakes are particularly high for Google, which sold $44 billion in digital advertising last year alone.
Here's my take on it: I have no doubt Facebook, MS, and Google executives are on first-name bases, in fact probably go skinny-dipping in the Dark Side
swimmin' hole, with the spooks and spymasters of NSA, CIA, CFR, etc., etc.
They have every reason to have us buy into the public, "polite" side of FISA orders, valiant fights against government tyranny, David-against-Goliath
triumphs in the name of privacy and liberty, and so on and so on. Pay no attention and never mind that big fat pipe out the back door that appears to
be a gigantic s***-pump into the NSA.
I'll believe them when and IF
they give me damned good reason to believe them, and not before....
[Gotta go for a few hours. Will be back for responses later....]
edit on 6/12/2013 by Ex_CT2 because: (no reason given)