an inverted view through the prism

mydictionary.com defines a prism as an “optical device having a triangular shape and made of glass or quartz; used to deviate a beam or invert an image”.

All the hysteria about the NSA obtaining information from the big 9 tech companies and spying on citizens smacks of hysteria and really is looking at the problem from the wrong angle.

Stop for a moment and consider the reported sources of the information: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple.

Doesn’t it disturb you that these non-government, unelected bodies have and keep all this information about us in the first place?

We freely give away all our privacy, on a daily basis, to these companies.

We object so strongly to democratically elected governments supposedly encroaching on our privacy, yet we blindly hand over all our privacy to so many internet entities, without a moment’s hesitation.  The redress for breaches by those companies is negligible – how many times has one of the big social network websites encroached on the privacy of users and mostly ignored the negative backlash?

Do you actually understand how much information these companies know about us, about what we do, about where we go and about which websites we visit?

The big tech companies know about every keystroke we make on our computers.  One of the big 9 is apparently keeping records of the websites we visit even when we are not logged on to their website.

Perhaps today they are behaving responsibly, but that could change at any time and then it will be too late to put the toothpaste back into the tube.

Take a look a recent 60 Minutes story on this subject:  A Face in the Crowd: Say goodbye to anonymity – 60 Minutes – CBS News.

With all the technology we carry and use every day, there are no more secrets.  Our smartphone gps keeps track of us wherever we go, our car navigation systems do the same.  Do you remember when Apple released a phone with a default setting tracking us and storing the data?

It is amazing how we are not concerned about spilling all our secrets to unknown entities on the world wide web, but we freak out when the government asks us a question.

All your private details are already out there, you gave it away already!

Now the government wants to take a look at some of it, for national security purposes.  If they can save your life by stopping an act of terror using information from the big 9, isn’t it worth it?


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