Privacy … Yeah Right
February 18, 2016
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With apologies to my FB friends who have already seen the lead in to this …
When tech companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and, yes, Apple, stop using my personal information for their profit, I’ll start to believe they care about my privacy.
I find Apple’s stance regarding hacking the San Bernardino shooter’s phone to be laughable. Yes, in an ideal world, our private information would be just that … private. This isn’t an ideal world, however. Companies like the aforementioned Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple, along with many others, mine our phones and our laptops and every other device we connect to for ways to increase their profits. Have you ever gone to Amazon and searched for a book and then gone to Facebook and found an ad there for the book you just searched for? I have. Repeatedly. And there are many other examples of how these companies use our personal data and information for their profit and gain.
So, spare me your false concerns about privacy, Tim Cook, and the others who are coming to Apple’s defense. With a duly authorized search warrant, particularly where such a heinous crime has occurred, the government has a right to search just about anything and everything. Do I trust government to always do the right thing? Absolutely not. There are plenty of times when searches are conducted illegally and when search warrants are obtained under false pretenses. And I definitely do not want government snooping in my business unless it has probable cause to do so. The mass gathering of electronic records by the NSA is offensive and wrong. But you know what … I trust the companies and tycoons that run private companies a whole lot less.
It is fascinating how we have completely given up any fight over our personal information when it comes to these companies. In fact, I’m not sure there ever was any fight over that breach of our privacy. But when it comes to our government trying to prevent crimes or to catch criminals, there is outrage from all corners. Seems to be completely ass backwards.