Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Aug 2013 11:01 UTC

President Barack Obama hosted Apple CEO Tim Cook, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, Google computer scientist Vint Cerf and other tech executives and civil liberties leaders on Thursday for a closed-door meeting about government surveillance, sources tell POLITICO.

Five hundred years ago, our ancestors started the fight to separate church and state. Now it's time we separate corporation and state.

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RE: More overblown nonsense
by WorknMan on Fri 9th Aug 2013 21:01 UTC in reply to "More overblown nonsense"
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Corporations are directly involved in this conversation because they are the ones with the data. They HAVE to be a part of the discussion. Not only that, I guarantee that they are more likely to be on the side of the average citizen on this subject. They don't want their reputations muddied by a connection to ubiquitous government surveillance. It's bad for business.

Yeah, I really don't see what's in it for big business to spy on its users on behalf of the government. Perhaps it helps them land some government contracts, but again... I'm sure they'd rather not have to either way.

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