Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Jun 2013 15:33 UTC
Legal "The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April. The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an 'ongoing, daily basis' to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries. The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk - regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing." Hey Americans, welcome to the club. And here we were, afraid of Google!
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RE: It gets worse
by gfg233 on Fri 7th Jun 2013 00:46 UTC in reply to "It gets worse"
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2013-06-07

It's 1984 30 years late. It's the biggest technology story of the year, if not the decade.

What it will likely do is start a software revolution outside the US, given the now zero level of trust in data held by US companies. Open source will play a big part including in non-proprietary mobile platforms. Expect US software companies to take a big hit for this.

The funny thing from all of it is Apple, coming last to the party (apart from Twitter who aren't part of it at all somehow). Apple somehow managed to hold out 5 years and only after Steve Jobs' death. Microsoft signed up right away. Maybe Steve Jobs wasn't so bad after all.

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