Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Jun 2013 14:57 UTC
Legal And yes, the PRISM scandal is far, far from over. More and more information keeps leaking out, and the more gets out, the worse it gets. The companies involved have sent out official statements - often by mouth of their CEOs - and what's interesting is that not only are these official statements eerily similar to each other, using the same terms clearly designed by lawyers, they also directly contradict new reports from The New York Times. So, who is lying?
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by Nelson on Sat 8th Jun 2013 15:49 UTC
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We start to get into a gray area when companies start being blamed for complying with the law. They are compelled to provide this information by the Government of what is in some cases their host country. Surely a little slack can be afforded to the ones that did comply.

In addition, I find that what Google and others did to further the security of the provided information to be equally as noble. Just because they don't like what they're being forced to do, doesn't mean that they need to do it recklessly.

Twitter surprised me by refusing to comply, and I'd love to read some sort of statement or postmortem of this entire thing when the smoke clears. If true, it was majorly heroic from a moral and ethical standpoint. I'm interested in the ramifications of companies asserting more autonomy by pushing back against their host governments when it comes to data privacy.

Now, I instead would 100% like to direct the outrage at the Federal Government. From a practical matter, perhaps they feel justified in that they may have access to intelligence otherwise not possible without the wiretappings. Still, for me and many others this is a step too far.

If, as some put it, the goal of terrorism is to dismantle the freedoms of say Americans, then we'd be playing directly into their hand by having our own liberties eroded in the name of counter terrorism.

Americans have shown to put up with this BS in small dosages (think the TSA body scanners), but its much easier to express outrage over phone wiretappings and backdoors into Facebook.

For what its worth, I don't think the companies affected particularly like the fact that they're forced to do this. When stuff like this happens and documents leak out, we get major PR headaches for all affected.

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