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Understanding Google’s Wrist Slaps: When is the FTC Like the NSA?

June 6, 2013

The Washington Post tells us that a whistleblower has come forward to disclose how the National Security Agency has been getting data “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.”

So which of these is not like the others?

Google.

It is only Google that has been getting off with wrist slaps from the FTC in investigation after investigation.  Send cars around to take pictures of your house and snarf down your wifi?  No problem.  Abuse their monopoly position in search and on YouTube?  Monopoly?  What monopoly?

Merge with companies that give Google unprecedented access to behavioral data and private phone calls?  Approved!!

Adopt antebellum privacy policies?

‘If You Have Something You Don’t Want Anyone To Know, Maybe You Shouldn’t Be Doing It’.

 

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