Bruce Schneier: The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership

“The primary business model of the Internet is built on mass surveillance, and our government’s intelligence-gathering agencies have become addicted to that data. The NSA is also in the business of spying on everyone, and it has realized it’s far easier to collect all the data formerly/http://www.schneier.com/essay-423.html from these corporations rather than from us directly. In some cases, the NSA asks for this data nicely. In other cases, it makes use of subtle threats or overt pressure. If that doesn’t work, it uses tools like national security letters. The result is a corporate-government surveillance partnership, one that allows both the government and corporations to get away with things they couldn’t otherwise.”

formerly http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-31/the-public-private-surveillance-partnership.html

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