Tech Giants Team Up to Champion Global Government Surveillance Reform

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PCWolf

The ONLY reason corporations are against this NSA Snooping is because they are worried that the snooping will reveal their deepest darkest secrets to their mistresses in Congress, along with all the other Corporate BS that goes on behind the corporate curtains. Not one of these Companies cares about us or our Privacy. They are only concerned about their own self interests. Look at Facebook. Since when has Facebook cared about it's users privacy??? They only care about THEIR PRIVACY, not ours. Does anyone need more proof that this is only because of their self interests?

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dgrmouse

I hope that the response is so strong that it blows up in their face, honestly. I mean, any effective legislation controlling the collection and mining of personal data is going to hugely affect almost every one of these companies. Whatever happened to the strictly opt-in days of survey cards being included in products? Now, every little thing that can phone home does - Microsoft even allows locally installed software to silently bypass the Windows Firewall.
Our nation is in desperate need of reform on a huge number of technology issues, but they should start by forcefully limiting products and services to activities supporting their advertised purpose. If that shuts down the Android, Apple, and Windows stores because every wallpaper app requires GPS access then so be it.

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vrmlbasic

"unauthorized surveillance"...but the Government can authorize itself.

Count me among those who think that this is bogus as these companies supported the current Administration and have the resources to have lobbied this away, or brought it to our attention/quashed it years ago.

The rumor that the NSA provided Google with its resources to start up gets more and more credible.

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dgrmouse

I agree with everything here except the implication that the current administration is responsible for the aggressive surveillance. The current administration is very much to blame in the sense that they've completely failed to stop it, but they by no means created current E-policy.

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ChangingWinds

interesting.. this is alot different from the article "http://www.maximumpc.com/column_NSA_your_data_valuable_ore" here where you say that the spying was underway in 2003. So umm deal with it like the article from before suggests or it's about time like this article suggests? never sure where this magazine stands on issues.

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dbqfan

Obama's open door policy except it is your door not his.

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Neufeldt2002

I get the feeling that this is all just a smoke and mirror show.

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bpstone

Probably.

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Mikey109105

That first paragraph listed 7, not 8. I'd ask who the eight is, but the image in the article answered that question for me, lol. Apple is doing something really nice for a change instead of their usual "We do what we want, screw what consumers want" policy. Of course, that might not even truly be their policy, but it's what a lot of consumers who don't like Apple think it is.

By the way, can we PLEASE stop having to do a word verification for EVERY POST WE MAKE?

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ChangingWinds

no it's the same .. usual we do what we want government stop pushing us around policy. It's just this time they happen to be on the same side as most consumers

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firefox91

The typical understanding of Congress is that they listen to whoever lines their pockets, so large companies with lots of money. Here you have 8 gigantic companies that apparently couldn't buy Congress in to doing the right thing. So if the government isn't doing it for money, what are they doing it for? Our security? Well they tell us that is the reason but who really believes that? It's scary. I'm glad these companies are making a stand. I hope something good comes out of it.

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satanforaday

About time they started to stand up and say no more... Only time will tell but.
Who can stop the US government, they do what they want and how they want to who ever they want to do it too. Have Fun stopping that....

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4000

"Will this help force Congress to act?" That's a good one. This was the least productive congress in history, and I have my doubts that their record-setting laziness will "stand" for long. It seems more likely to be a goal for the next group to sink below.

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LatiosXT

This was brought up in comments from another website that posted this news.

You may be inclined to go "but Facebook doesn't care about your privacy!" Except Facebook and the like were voluntary. Government spying isn't.