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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Wrong Direction
by andrewclunn on Fri 9th Aug 2013 14:00 UTC
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While I agree with the sentiment, everything so far indicates that it's the government forcing these companies to aid them in spying on citizens. It's not like these corporations went to the Feds and said, "Hey, wouldn't it be awesome if we turned over all of our customer's data to you?"

(Insert long winded libertarian rant here).

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RE: Wrong Direction
by libray on Fri 9th Aug 2013 16:09 in reply to "Wrong Direction"
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Agreed. An inherent thing that Apple and Microsoft can contribute to the government is access to FileVault and Bitlocker through backdoors. If they agree in a closed door session, that frees up the government from having to go through official channels or bills to get your data.

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RE: Wrong Direction
by aliquis on Fri 9th Aug 2013 20:08 in reply to "Wrong Direction"
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I hate our government.

If they had manned up, stopped looking up to the US, built nation wide fiber network a long time ago, not rush into helping content providers and say offer a stronghold for Assange, Snowden, Manning, the pirate bay, Wikileaks and so on then imagine all the business and cool people who would have around here!

I assume the rest of the world might had tried to isolate us but whatever.

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