Apple, Google, Microsoft increasingly defying U.S. government, informing customers of data demands
If the government demands your personal, private email or other data, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, and others are reportedly taking steps to notify you faster and more frequently than they did in the past. That's putting them at odds with prosecutors who believe such notifications can interfere with ongoing investigations and evidence gathering. The Washington Post:
These new policies, however, don't affect data requests from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or from National Security letters, which are automatically gagged as a matter of law.
Google already has their policy in place, which includes exemptions of imminent harm and criminal activity. They said in a statement:
Microsoft is likewise working on revising their disclosure policies.
For much more on the matter and its implications, see the link below. Then let me know — how comfortable are you with the way companies handle disclosing demands for your information?
Source: The Washington Post
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OTOH all governments are known to abuse things like this though.
To catch corrupt politicians, thieving CEOs, etc go for it.
They have also passed a law where they can detain anyone without charge, indefinitely.
They are already saving all the information they can about everyone for future reference (thanks whistleblowers).
They are waging illegal wars, both constitutionally and by internationl law. It sure doesn't sound like a democracy to me. More like it's turning fascist. History always repeats itself.
If they're looking into someone's personal, private space, they are suspicious of something. That is tacit accusation in the law and the accused has a right to know. Fishing trips do pick things up - mostly not, but it happens. Instead of picking someone out and then fishing, it would perhaps benefit the agencies to do more solid work prior to accusing someone and then openly challenge them to refute. In the light of day. These shadows games are completely rearranging the social fabric of society. Those giving up their rights and liberties for perceived or fabricated safety deserve neither - the rest, well what after they supposed to do about what is going on? The machine rumbles on...