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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Tech Giants Are Revolting against Spying

Tech Giants Are Revolting against Spying

Tech Giants Are Revolting against Spying

Added: Thursday, May 8th, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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The statistics reveal that a number of multinational tech corporations, including Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and Google, are revolting against US government spooks and their demands for private data. It seems that if the government demands the user’s personal, private email or other information, the abovementioned tech giants and others are taking steps to notify the user faster and more frequently than they used to do before

However, such practice is getting the companies in trouble with prosecutors that believe such behavior may interfere with ongoing investigations and evidence collection. According to the Washington Post, the industry is keen to distance itself from the US authorities after 2013 disclosures about NSA surveillance of various Internet services. They can be understood – people don’t trust their secrets to online services anymore, and their use keeps decreasing. If the companies show there are interested in helping people keep their privacy, they can get their popularity and profit from it back again.

Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google were seen updating and expanding their policies to enhance routine notification of ordinary people about government data seizures, unless specifically gagged by a judge or other legal authority. Such claims were made by the officials at all four tech giants. The “big 4” are following Yahoo who announced such changes last July. Of course, these measures won’t be able to stop the spooks from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or from National Security letters, which are automatically gagged as a matter of law, but it still can cause a couple of headaches for internal spying.

For example, Google has already enforced its policy that includes exemptions of imminent harm and criminal activity, saying that the company will notify users about legal demands when appropriate, unless prohibited by law or court order. As for Apple, the company made a rare comment as well, saying that it would update its policies so that normally, when law enforcement requests personal data about a customer, the latter will receive a notification from the company. Finally, Microsoft is working on revising its disclosure policies at the moment as well.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2014-05-08 17:07:02)
No avatarThey're doing that as part of psychological warfare- it's a documented fact they not only comply with the NSA, but directly support them in their daily operations, such as with Microsoft buying Skype to subvert encryption- they are not unwitting or reluctant to do this.

They are simply doing this as part of the public roll-out, to condition everyone to the police state and the cold war being levied on them.

posted by Turtle (2014-05-08 17:58:22)
No avatarThey are doing it so they don't get sued by users, especially in the US where anyone can sue anyone for even the dumbest of things.
e.g. some idiot that sued NIKE because they tripped over their own laces, because they hadn't done them up, but it was NIKEs' fault because they hadn't stated on the shoe box that they had to do the laces up.
Only in the U.S. of A...... and you can make your own mind up what the A stands for.

posted by Turtle (2014-05-08 20:36:02)
No avatarNo, they aren't afraid of being sued- the same people they work for own the judges. What they're afraid of is that people will find out, and use services that aren't run by international criminals.

posted by (2014-05-09 01:05:51)
Solcis avatarWell said YoMamma!

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanKitty (2014-05-09 06:34:57)
SirSeedsAlot avatarThis confuses law enforcement activity that issues warrants and intelligence agencies that either snoop the data or pay those companies to provide the data on the sly. Pure PR move to continue dishonest business where we are the product.

posted by (2014-05-10 02:42:21)
sir_auv avatarSeriously ,,, since when does the NSA require "warrants" ?? Yomamma, spot on!!!

posted by (2014-05-11 15:34:54)
No avatarow thats to much

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