Why Are People More Scared of Facebook Violating Their Privacy than Washington?

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    Dec 30, 2012 1:17 AM GMT
    http://reason.com/blog/2012/12/28/why-are-people-more-scared-of-facebook-v
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    Dec 30, 2012 2:29 AM GMT
    Nobody pays attention to washington. Facebook is more my domain and when SatanOnEarth speaks, everyone listens.
  • stratavos

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    Dec 30, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    washington isn't world wide via the intranet... as a canadian, I don't care as much about washington.
  • Fritter

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    Dec 30, 2012 11:32 AM GMT
    stratavos saidwashington isn't world wide via the intranet... as a canadian, I don't care as much about washington.


    As a Canadian who has crossed the border many times I do wonder how much info the department of homeland security has on me.
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    Dec 30, 2012 11:56 AM GMT
    Yet another Bush-era legacy that the Dems refuse to touch.

    In this case, President Obama fails.
  • Whipmagic

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    Dec 30, 2012 12:11 PM GMT
    Maybe, because in theory Washington is accountable to us, and infringes on our privacy because we elect politicians who authorize the goverment to do so on our behalf, whereas Facebook or Google are accountable only to their shareholders?
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    Dec 30, 2012 1:12 PM GMT
    Obama renewed and strengthened the Patriot Act in Feb. 2010 and May 2011 so he owns it now, not Bush.

    More identity theft and crime occurs from Facebook than the US Government.

    My then bf posted pics on the first day of our vacation so when we got home, both our homes had been burglarized and our identities stolen.
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    Dec 30, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    Facebook IS Washington...duh! icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 30, 2012 5:13 PM GMT
    I always raise my eyebrows when someone waxes melodramatic about Washington spying on them.

    It doesn't concern me because I have no idea what I would care about them knowing. My birth details? My employment history? Even the porn on my internet history is boring.

    And I have a difficult time believing that a bloated, massively funded organisation that operates at 18% efficiency at the best of times and still can't manage to fix it's education system, immigration system, or foreign intelligence is keeping close tabs on every American.

    It seems the American government is extraordinarily incompetent except when they're spying on YOU.
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    Dec 30, 2012 5:24 PM GMT
    I think "privacy" means many things to many people.
  • Whipmagic

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    Dec 30, 2012 5:40 PM GMT
    thatirishbastard saidI always raise my eyebrows when someone waxes melodramatic about Washington spying on them.

    It doesn't concern me because I have no idea what I would care about them knowing. My birth details? My employment history? Even the porn on my internet history is boring.

    And I have a difficult time believing that a bloated, massively funded organisation that operates at 18% efficiency at the best of times and still can't manage to fix it's education system, immigration system, or foreign intelligence is keeping close tabs on every American.

    It seems the American government is extraordinarily incompetent except when they're spying on YOU.


    Honestly, Washington's incompetence is what worries me the most about their spy program. If they were totally competent and used this information only to stop me from doing things that could endanger the country or large portions of it, like assembling a nuclear weapon in my basement, or trading vast amounts of weapons of financial mass destruction without collateral (oops - if you do the latter, you get bailed out with lots of taxpayer money), then fine. But I am worried about incompetent bureaucrats taking bits of information out of context, and completely misinterpreting them. An example, not from the spy program, but immigration officials, is a scientist and friend of mine who was turned away at the border because when aksed what he did he said "nuclear magnetic resonance" (the technique that MRI imaging is based on), and all theay heard was nuclear and sent him back. It took almost ayear to clear that up. So who knows what some stupid federal employee will do with a random piece of information he or she got on you.
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    Jan 01, 2013 1:55 AM GMT
    "Americans Are The Most Spied On People In World History"

    http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2012/12/americans-are-the-most-spied-on-people-in-world-history/

    Indeed, the American government has more information on the average American than Stalin had on Russians, Hitler had on German citizens, or any other government has ever had on its people.

    The American government is collecting and storing virtually every phone call, purchases, email, text message, internet searches, social media communications, health information, employment history, travel and student records, and virtually all other information of every American.
  • LJay

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    Jan 01, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    OOOOOOOOO Let's all run around and be paranoid.

    What the government has, they have. What they could have on me would bore even a bureaucrat.

    As for Facebook, I'm not there and don't see any reason that I ever will be, so that's that.

    Life is too short to be mired in foolishness.