Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Great Data Sellout Reveals How We Pay For Our Own Enslavement

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The communications devices that we have been baited into using as a means to be within instant touch of our friends, associates, and the latest information, continue to be turned against us.

In addition to surveillance by the apps themselves offering a wealth of personal details to advertisers, smartphones have gained new capabilities to track a user's location with incredible precision. This location data in turn is being used by law enforcement across the country in ways that should be troubling to civil liberties advocates.

Documents obtained by the ACLU through the Freedom of Information Act revealed that cell service providers are not only willingly handing over all of your data to local police departments but they're also charging an obscene amount of money for the information.

Now California has introduced a bill sponsored by the ACLU and EFF that proposes to limit the unbridled selling of this information by simply reinforcing current wiretap laws that demand a search warrant be issued before obtaining personal data.  Naturally with big money at stake the wireless industry has vigorously opposed this legislation.

Three things should immediately jump out from the opposition to the California Location Act of 2012 (SB 1434). 
1) Your data, calls, phone numbers, photos, electronic location, etc. are being turned over to authorities without a warrant;

2) Service providers are making money from this transaction when they vowed to never sell your data;

3) Your own local tax dollars are funding this warrantless breach into your privacy.

Whereas law enforcement and government merely seek to broaden the scope of their power as they are designed to do, service providers seek to commodify your personal information and double-dip beyond the service you believed you were buying.  The combination of the two leaves users with reduced civil liberties and empty pockets.

Andy Greenberg of Forbes writes:
If Americans aren’t disturbed by phone carriers’ practices of handing over cell phone users’ personal data to law enforcement en masse–in many cases without a warrant–we might at least be interested to learn just how much that service is costing us in tax dollars: often hundreds or thousands per individual snooped.
Greenberg also notes that when he confronted AT&T about these pay-for-data transactions, he was directed to their privacy policy which states; "We do not sell your personal information to anyone for any purpose. Period."

In response, ACLU's attorney involved in the FOIA requests said "That’s a curious definition of ‘sell,’ given that they seem to be charging money for people’s information on a regular basis and handing it over to law enforcement agencies around the country."

SB 1434 first sets the standard to have a search warrant or nothing, then imposes strict reporting requirements that would bring transparency where currently it is lacking.  This is the central point that the wireless industry is opposing.

There is interesting language being used by the Wireless Association that includes AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, as highlighted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation:
the proposed reporting requirements 'unduly burden wireless providers and their employees, who are working day and night to assist law enforcement to ensure the public's safety and to save lives.'
Working day and night to assist law enforcement? This is yet another example of America's heavy lean toward Fascism, as national security is invoked to give increased power to corporate entities, while the rights of the individual are sacrificed.  These communications companies should be working day and night to enhance the quality of the products we are paying for, and uphold their commitment to privacy protection.  This is a highly dangerous money-making scheme.

A further demonstration of the cozy relationship between these private corporations and their government directors is shown by SB 1434 ultimately being passed out of committee without the "burdensome" reporting requirements requested by civil liberties groups.

And there we can find the simple truth: they are trying to build a prison, and every one of us is expected to pay for its construction.  

Please visit The Electronic Frontier Foundation to learn about ways to become active by contributing to corporate and government transparency through initiatives such as the OpenNet Transparency Project.

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Anonymous said...

what"s this "we" shit? How is that "we" PAID for our own enslavement? Maybe you don't mind letting the whole world know that you had a part in paying for YOUR slavery, and although it makes for some interesting gossip as to your mental state, I and many others aren't masochistic enough to actually PAY for our loss of freedom. No, I did not ever "pay" for this. Others have paid so I can "accept" their slavery, But me? No, I have NEVER paid for it.

Anonymous said...

Well, duh! Why do you think there's such a conceited effort to fire up the Right Wing? Because those are the idiots that will demand to be enslaved while standing up in line at WalMart to buy their own shackles and a whip for the massa.

Anonymous said...

“A new fascism promises security from the terror of crime. All that is required is that we take away the criminals’ rights – which, of course, are our own. Out of our desperation and fear we begin to feel a sense of security from the new totalitarian state.” -- Gerry Spence

Anonymous said...

"I'm afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security." -- Jim Garrison

Anonymous said...

Nothing else can be expected from capitalism. At the beginning of the Cuban Revolution, the Cubans used to have a joke "Question: What is the worst thing a president can do to his people? Answer: starve them to death and give them a free funeral!"

Under Capitalism, the joke should go "What is the worst thing a government/president can do to their people? Starve them and make them pay for their own funeral!" - Of course, the same would apply to everything else, in this case, "enslave the people and make them pay for their own shackles."

Anonymous said...

We don't have capitalism dummy.

Anonymous said...

Whats new about us paying for our own demise??Who do you think has been paying for our world wars??

Anonymous said...

Animal Farm

Anonymous said...

Capitalism "in the mind' idea and pathology of Republican INC.

Anonymous said...

"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword.. The other is by debt." --John Adams 1826

"The few who understand the system, will either be so interested in its profits, or so dependent on its favors that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantages...will bear its burden without complaint, and perhaps without suspecting that the system is inimical to their best interests."

-- Rothschild Brothers of London communiqué to associates in New York June 25, 1863

"Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the Eternal God, I will rout you out."

-- Andrew Jackson

“We will have a world government whether you like it or not. The only question is whether that government will be achieved by conquest or consent.”

-- Paul Warburg, Jewish Banker, testimony before the U.S. Senate, February 17, 1950

Lowenstein said...

Yes we have conqured and ensalved you with debt. Of course the goy are mentally incapable. How else should we be so easy to prevail over them?

We will have a world government with a son of King David on the world throne. At last our people will be the rulers. All goy will serve us, as most do now.

Give a goy a dollar and they'll do ANYTHING!

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