Google, Facebook, NSA, & Privacy

“The challenges to our privacy do not come from government alone. Corporations of all shapes and sizes track what you buy, store and analyze our data, and use it for commercial purposes; that’s how those targeted ads pop up on your computer or smartphone.” President Obama, January 2014

That comment is directed squarely at Google, Facebook and others, who as far as I am concerned, when it comes to privacy are essentially the other side of the same coin. A lot of talk about privacy from Silicon Valley titans is mostly talk — and the only reason we hear some polite noises from them is because they might end up losing business in non-US markets. Check out this profile of President Barack Obama in The New Yorker. I think Editor David Remnick went easy on the president, but still it is great writing.

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