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Companies Call For Government Surveillance Reform
by Karl Bode 10:08AM Monday Dec 09 2013
Google, AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft and other companies named as previously cooperating with the NSA's PRISM program have launched a new campaign urging global governments to reform their surveillance practices, and are asking the United States to take the lead. A new Reform Government Surveillance website will operate alongside ads placed in numerous papers calling for governments to begin designing rules for surveillance oversight, while being more transparent about what kind of data is being collected. Empty PR gesture to deflect attention from themselves, or a serious call for reform?

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cableties
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Our Customers want transparency...

..lest we lose sales. Nothing about reform.

Heck.. I bet you don't hear from Juniper, Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, HP, Avaya or Brocade for "transparency" with backdoor router access by feds.

Sounds like just "oh no, we can't show we complied...and got kudos for doing so". I wonder how many seats of MS IIS the feds got a deal on.

Did you read about ATT dis-ing institutional shareholders that want ATT to stop allowing Feds access without going through proper channels? ATT was like, bugger off.
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rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

Collecting vs. Using

The advantages of collecting everything about everyone is huge. If used appropriately, it would save money, time and lives. However, a collection like that is so powerful no one can be trusted with it. We simply cannot allow it to be created and if it already exists, it must be destroyed.

Are these company's are serious? Not a chance. Where were they before Snowden started the fire? Now they are just covering their rears.

Within the past few weeks I've been getting a lot of notifications from company's that are complying with privacy laws. Every letter tells me the same thing. The company does not share information in any manner that I can say no. In the manner in which they are sharing it, I have no right to prevent it.

The digital age needs comprehensive privacy reforms. Not only should the government be banned from building vast data warehouses but if I provide information to a company, I should always have the option to prevent it from ever being used beyond the current context.
kaila

join:2000-10-11
Lincolnshire, IL

It's no PR gesture......

The numbers are coming in and the NSA damage is becoming more clear for US tech companies. IBM, HP, Microsoft, Cisco, just to name a few, are all looking at significant drops in sales.

cableties
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Re: It's no PR gesture......

yeah. I just read this...ofcourse after my post here

»www.usatoday.com/story/tech/colu···3891765/
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al binooo

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this is good - may be the only way to get reform.

Sarick
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I've noticed recently.

When I search with Google it always responds with https for the searches. It used to just display a normal html unencrypted link.

Courts recently ordered those companies listed above to REMOVE all piracy links from their search engines. I sent it in as news for DSL reports with a link a few days ago.

»torrentfreak.com/court-orders-go···-131129/

Never made the news.

Perhaps this is another reason they're encrypting the searches now.

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meeeeeeeeee

join:2003-07-13
Newburgh, NY

Re: I've noticed recently.

Google has been HTTPS for about a year now whenever you are logged in to any of their services.
firedrakes

join:2009-01-29
Arcadia, FL

Re: I've noticed recently.

after they where caught with their pants down and nsa ......... in public

meeeeeeeeee

join:2003-07-13
Newburgh, NY

Re: I've noticed recently.

said by firedrakes:

after they where caught with their pants down and nsa ......... in public

Yeah... That's usually how these things happen... but at least having your pants down around your knees is in vogue now
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Sarick
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I just saw this new urgent change to the cyberdefence bill.

This is relevant because it shuts down the ability for these companies to file grievances against the NSA activities.

Rockefeller attaches cyber security bill changes to National Defense Authorization Act.

SCARY part..

"The fact that this internet control bill is attached to the NDAA is no accident because this means that dissidents, posting anti-government rhetoric on the internet, can be snatched off the street and held indefinitely for their “terrorist” views. There is a second and equally disturbing development in that the government has declared that the people of this country do not have the right to challenge the government on its unconstitutional actions."

»www.infowars.com/rockefeller-att···aa-2014/

Looks like these guys will lose their ability to challenge the government and reduce NSA spying if this bill gets updated.

PLEASE review this, it should be in tomorrows DSLreports news if it's true.
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WhatNow
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They don't really care.

Ironic the companies that vacuum up your information as you use the web are complaining about the US Gov. What they are really mad is they are not being paid. If you use Firefox and have NoScript extension installed you can see all the javascript that can track your usage.

w0g
o.O

join:2001-08-30
Springfield, OR

the real problem..

Lets hope something is also done about remote sensing and Remote Neural Monitoring technologies. This is where the real warrantless surveillance is occurring, from satellites and other remote locations, letting the government track everything you say, think, and do, on top of the communications you have over wired and wireless networks.

Link with more details, patents covering the technology, and videos with NSA Whistleblower Russell Tice discussing this madness on Abby Martin and MSNBC:

»www.oregonstatehospital.net/russ···ebl.html
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