Barack Obama has angered officials in Europe after suggesting that investigations by the European Union into companies like Google and Facebook were “commercially driven.” In an interview with Recode, the president claimed that European “service providers who … can’t compete with ours, are essentially trying to set up some roadblocks for our companies to operate effectively there.” The truth, however, is more nuanced than this.
Right, because the US would never do anything to protect its own companies above foreign ones.
Imagine if Facebook was not from the USA.
Would the US government ever allow any foreign company to store detailed personal information, updated in realtime, about hundreds of millions of its citizens ?
Never. Never. Never.
The European reaction is cowardly, fainthearted, pusillanimous.