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Do Internet Service Providers And Surveillance Organizations Have Shared Interests?

Few would have ever thought that surveillance and the business models of big internet companies would have anything in common. But the shocking truth is that they do. Those government agencies which either benefit from or engage in the surveillance of users are actually have much more in common with internet companies and businesses than we may have once thought. The scary truth is that without the surveillance of computer users, sites like Google and Facebook would very likely go out of business. Not only that, but it could cause some applications to incur a cost to users that have, up until now, had no cost at all.

This is why so many internet companies so strongly oppose the restrictions on their behavior that have been imposed by the E.U. Justice Commissioner, who has called for any web business to obtain consent from their customers before they collect any data by which to profile them. Interestingly, this profiling information is exactly the kind that the National Security Agency and The Federal Bureau of Investigation says is required in order for citizens; continued safety. But why is commercial surveillance so appealing to internet service and other companies? Mainly because it allows information to be obtained more easily.


Posted by Anita Young on July 10th, 2013 :: Filed under Home Security Systems
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