Speaking of which, on the heels of yesterday’s (or last year’s) topic about the NSA’s complete and total access to the iPhone, there’s another story making the rounds about how major telephone companies are reportedly saying no to the NSA’s requests to store phone data.
“President Obama last week signaled that he is open to reforming the NSA’s bulk collection of phone metadata, including an advisory panel recommendation that phone companies or third parties hold onto the data instead of the NSA. However, phone companies apparently aren’t thrilled with the idea.
Major phone companies argue that being required to store metadata for an extended period of time for the NSA would be costly, time consuming, and risky.”
So let’s get this straight — the phone companies are just now saying no to the NSA because the spotlight is on them. In reality they have no problem, and have had no problem being complicit in the unconstitutional spying upon millions of Americans courtesy of the United States Government’s unlawful actions. At this point, the telecoms are simply hoping enough time has gone by that we’ll all forget that this has been going on for years and therefore they can get a bit of good press out of saying no.
Maybe we’re that gullible, but I’m hoping we’re not. Privacy aside, the future of technology depends on a good outcome. Who will invest in new technology that’s only ever going to be used to spy on people?