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I'm An Internet Company, I'm The Government

Google and Facebook have suddenly become bastions of civil liberty, and while I applaud their efforts to restrict government surveillance, it kinda smells funny, coming from two gigantic companies who track our every move.

Via Mark Fiore:

"With the major tech companies taking on government spying, maybe it's time these companies look in the mirror as well. Sure, the government may be snooping into your World of Warcraft chats, but don't forget your privacy has been drastically eroded by some of the very internet companies calling for more privacy. (Binary Sensitivity Alert: Just because I am criticizing internet companies for their role in spying, does not mean I am condoning government spying. As you were.)

Google and Facebook have suddenly become bastions of civil liberty, and while I applaud their efforts to restrict government surveillance, it just kinda' smells funny coming from two gigantic companies who track our every move. Much of their business is based on selling your data to advertisers, and a fine business it is. In our outrage over privacy, let's not forget about consumer privacy. Have you read your Google or Facebook "terms of service" lately? Methinks there is a bit of PR game being played here.

I just couldn't resist the old "I'm A Mac, I'm A PC" analogy, seems like their relationship is so much like the internet companies and the government today. Enjoy the cartoon and share it (along with all your other personal data, heh heh) on Facebook!"

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