Privacy, Anyone? Big Tech’s DC Cronyism and US Tyranny Are Murdering Us

Several Big Tech companies have become trillion-plus-dollar monsters - based almost entirely upon spying on us…and then selling us by the pound.

Surveillance Capitalism: “(A)n economic system centered around the capture and commodification of personal data for the core purpose of profit-making. The concept of surveillance capitalism, as described by Shoshana Zuboff, arose as advertising companies, led by Google's AdWords, saw the possibilities of using personal data to target consumers more precisely.”

Ah yes, Google (Market Cap: $1.29 trillion) - the kings of surveillance capitalism.  And serial crossers of their self-created  “Creepy Line”….

Eric Schmidt: Google's Policy Is to 'Get Right Up to The Creepy Line’:

“‘There is what I call the creepy line,’ he said….’The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.’”

Except Google soars over and past their Creepy Line - ALL the time.

Eight Ways Google Constantly Invades Your Privacy

Google Nest: Built-In Microphone Was Never Disclosed

Suit Claims Google’s Tracking Violates Federal Wiretap Law

Google Secretly Monitors Millions of Schoolkids, Lawsuit Alleges

Google and YouTube Will Pay Record $170 Million for Alleged Violations of Children’s Privacy Law

Even Google admits they…aren’t the best of people on the planet.

Google Quietly Removes Its Famous ‘Don't Be Evil’ Phrase from Its Code of Conduc

Google Breached Its Own ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Motto, Ex-Employees’ Lawsuit Claim

Is Google the only Big Tech monster erasing The Creepy Line?  Heavens no.

Big Tech Is Still Violating Your Privacy

Amazon Sued Over Alleged Privacy Policy Violations

Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Possible Privacy Violations

Facebook Is Violating Our Privacy. Where Are the Cops?

Why are there are no privacy cops?  Why are Americans forced to sue Big Tech in feeble attempts to posthumously protect their privacy? 

Because after more than a quarter century of the Internet’s existence, DC STILL hasn’t passed a privacy law.  (For adults.  DC’s child privacy law is why Google could be fined by The Feds in the aforementioned kid spying case.)

Can Congress Pass Digital Privacy Reform Legislation?

That was published on August 28, 2014.  So clearly the answer is “No.”

Every election cycle - DC teases us with privacy bills.  Here’s this year’s biggest tease….

The American Data Privacy and Protection Act Would Be a Bipartisan Triumph - If it Could Pass

DC even pretends not passing privacy law - is just as good as passing it.  Because they think we are exceedingly stupid

Why Experts Have Hope in the Federal Privacy Bill – Even If It Doesn’t Pass

Why has DC been so especially feeble in passing Big Tech privacy laws?  Because Big Tech doesn’t want any privacy laws passed. 

At least not any laws that actually matter.  In fact, not any laws that Big Tech haven’t themselves written. 

Big Tech Using an Army of Lobbyists to Defang Privacy Laws

Big Tech Is Pushing States to Pass Privacy Laws, and Yes, You Should Be Suspicious

Big Tech Supporting and Writing Privacy Legislation in Multiple States to Preempt Passage of Stronger Privacy Laws

Of course, DC and Big Tech are in a state of perpetual crony cooperation - on just about everything that matters in America.  All of which is exceedingly awful for America.

The New Cronyism: Big Tech Censors Conservatives - Democrats Deliver Crony Policies

Government Collusion With Big Tech Violates the First Amendment. Why Is No One Doing Anything About It?

Biden Demands Big Tech Censor Those Who Question Regime’s COVID Narrative

Big Tech Censors Covid-Vaccine Skeptics (Again)

COVID Skeptic Sues Big Tech, Federal Government Following Censorship on Social Media

Big Tech Continues to Collude With Democrats

How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections

(Facebook’s) Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Donations’ Rigged the 2020 Election

Here’s How Big Tech Plans to Rig the 2022 Midterms

And on.  And on.  And….

Big Tech’s DC payoff goes WELL beyond just a privacy law blockade. 

Big Gov's Sellout, Crony Legislative Theater: 'Let’s Pretend We're Outraged'

Another Big Tech Crony Free Ride That Needs to End:

““What is the USF?:

“‘(A) system of telecommunications subsidies and fees managed by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) intended to promote universal access to telecommunications services in the United States.’…

“Guess who gets taxed?:

“‘Telecommunications companies must pay a percentage of their interstate end-user revenues to the Universal Service Fund….

“And did you note who pays - and by omission who doesn’t?

“ISPs pay.  And by extension - we do. 

“But monstrous Big Tech - doesn’t pay a dime.  How’s that for even more cronyism?”

The USF tax take - is over $8 billion per year.  From us - but not Big Tech.  Because of course. 

How Did Big Tech Get So Big? Massive Government Cronyism - Like Section 230:

“Big Tech spends most of their time - demanding governments do them special favors. This isn’t capitalism - this is cronyism.

“As but one example: The very stupid policy known as Network Neutrality….

“Big Tech consumes way more than half of all US bandwidth. Net Neutrality - mandates they not be charged any money for any of it. We the Little People would pay MUCH more for our service - to subsidize the likes of Apple, Amazon and Google.

“Net Neutrality is massive government regulation - to impose massive Big Tech cronyism….

“Big Tech’s government cronies - are sell-out politicians who know how stupid Net Neutrality is…but impose it anyway because their paymasters demand it.

“All of which brings us to the biggest Big Tech cronyism of all (Section 230)….”

Big Tech: We Keep Ignoring the Blatantly Obvious:

“Speaking of unfair…behold Section 230.  Which gives Big Tech companies blanket amnesty from libel, slander and intellectual property lawsuits resulting from third-party actions. 

“This is anti-Fourteenth Amendment un-equal protection before the law - that no one else in the history of the country has ever received.    

“If I owned a small neighborhood bar, I would have to purchase liability insurance to protect me should one third-party patron punch another third-party patron in my place.  Or I would have to go to court and convince a judge or jury that it took my place in my place - but not because of my place.   

“Why do the biggest and richest companies in the history of Planet Earth get government-imposed blanket third-party-action immunity?”

We of course know why - for ALL of this. 

Because Big Tech and Big Government are joined at the hip.

And joined against US.    

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