Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Dec 2013 17:47 UTC

The giants of the tech industry are uniting to wage a campaign for sweeping reforms to the National Security Agency.

Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple, LinkedIn and AOL are setting aside their business rivalries to demand that Congress and President Obama scale back the government's voracious surveillance.

These companies had little to no qualms about teaming up with the US government back when it was all done in relative secrecy, but now that it's out in the open, they're acting like heroes. This campaign would never have been launched if Snowden hadn't blown the whistle, which means the motive behind this new campaign is money - not morality.

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Unfair comment
by Berend de Boer on Mon 9th Dec 2013 19:42 UTC
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Thom, you forgot that the tech giants did not simply send all their data to the NSA. The NSA had backdoors in their networks (i.e. they sucked up everything after ssl termination). The tech giants didn't know, and didn't help the NSA with this.

There are more examples (gag order anyone).

Your comment is unfair and unreasonable.

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RE: Unfair comment
by Bobthearch on Mon 9th Dec 2013 21:16 in reply to "Unfair comment"
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I think it's also unlikely that anyone at these companies was being informed of the full extent of the surveillance and data collection.
And even if they did know, they couldn't do F- all about it.

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