Dear Dr. Ads,
I don’t read the New York Times much (I’m a Washington Post kind of guy), but I happened upon Monday’s edition and here’s what I saw.
That’s some Murderers’ Row, eh? But don’t you think there’s a big name missing? I’m talking about a company that collects mountains of information the government could find useful in determining what people might do next, or what like-minded people already have done.
See where I’m headed here, Doc?
– Jeff B
Dear Jeff B,
The Doc feels your pain. We’ve never gotten over losing the Acting Surgeon General gig to Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., who’s a total hack.
Still, we’re not really sure you fit into the picture painted by Monday’s, er, Washington Post.
Big tech companies lash out at government snooping
WASHINGTON — Silicon Valley is escalating pressure on President Barack Obama to curb the U.S. government surveillance programs that vacuum personal information off the Internet and threaten the technology industry’s financial livelihood.
A coalition that includes Google, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook and Microsoft lashed out in an open letter printed Monday in major newspapers and a new website, http://reformgovernmentsurveillance.com .
Twitter Inc., LinkedIn Corp. and AOL Inc. joined Google Inc., Apple Inc., Yahoo Inc., Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in the push for tighter controls over electronic espionage. The group is immersed in the lives of just about everyone who uses the Internet or a computing device.
Oh, wait – you’re also “immersed in the lives of just about everyone who uses the Internet or a computing device.”
But you’ve been marginalized like some Mom ‘n’ Pop-Up site.
Anyway, the bottom line is this: The tech giants are urging the government to stop glomming onto the megadata they mine.
They want it all for themselves.