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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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by WorknMan on Sat 8th Jun 2013 18:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
WorknMan
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Understandable and excusable are different. When it comes to things like human rights and civil liberties I expect people (and therefore companies) to to make the hard call and do what is right. What you are saying is just more supporting evidence of the banality of evil.


Right. So you're running a large company, and the government comes to you and says, 'We need some information from your servers about Joe Sixpack, and by law, you must provide us with this information.' So, what are you going to do? Are you going to play the hero and get yourself thrown in jail, and your company possibly put out of business? I'm sure we could get a good debate going about whether such things should be legal, but the point is that they ARE legal, and businesses are legally obligated to hand this information over. So I personally don't hold it against them.

I'm not just talking about civil disobedience there. I'm sure the smart folks at many of these companies could work on engineering their products so that complying with these orders in a meaningful was be technically impossible and provide the government with no information.


The way I look at it, it's like the DMCA. If you're being requested for information and it happens frequently enough so that it's a pain in the ass to do it manually, eventually you'll come up with some way to streamline the process. Otherwise, it's probably costing you time and money, and slowing down the process. If you HAVE to do it anyway, might as well be quick about it.

Edited 2013-06-08 19:04 UTC

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