Google and Facebook: Placating both sides of the fence with NSA and the Fourth Amendment

Apparently my praise for Google for encrypting its emails was in error. My fault for taking a corporation’s word at face value. I’m not supposed to be this naive at this point in life.

According to Vice, companies like Google and Facebook may just be talking out both sides of their mouth, sort of like a married man who’s trying to convince his wife that he still loves her by deleting his mistresses’ text message; meanwhile he’s simultaneously telling his mistress via Skype that she is his true love and his wife just won’t let them be together.

Elise Ackerman writes:

The real action, however, has been much subtler, with the industry wielding its influence behind closed doors using two lobbying groups to oppose certain restrictions on internet surveillance: the IT Alliance for Public Sector (ITAPS) and the State Privacy and Security Coalition (SPSC). A look at the actions of these two groups suggests that the companies want reform, sure, but only on terms that don’t affect their day-to-day business.

In particular, VICE has uncovered that ITAPS and SPSC have sent letters to politicians lobbying against the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, a wide-sweeping bill that would limit the NSA’s ability to read private electronic communications without a warrant.

Mea maxima culpa.

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