do we even care

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/10/facebook-data-mining-for-political-sentiment-197933.html

From the article statement 1

A Facebook spokesperson said the data “is gathered in an aggregated and depersonalized manner in a privacy safe way.”

From the article statement 2

The data will be gathered from the posts of Facebook users in the United States 18 and older, classifying sentiments about a politician or issue as positive, negative or neutral. The data can also be broken down into sentiments by gender and location, making it possible to see how Facebook users in the key primary states of Iowa or New Hampshire feel about certain presidential candidates, or how women in Florida feel about same-sex marriage.

these statements seem incongruent.

lets add to this

http://www.cnet.com/news/people-trust-nsa-more-than-google-survey-says/

i do not believe this survey at all. more people use google so if they say that they do not trust google then they are speaking out of both sides of their mouths.

for a company whose motto is ‘dont be evil’ there sure seems to be a lot of moral relativism.

and lets not forget our buddies at the nsa – or should we just start referring to you as Geheime Staatzpolizei?

http://www.cnet.com/news/nsa-disguised-itself-as-google-to-spy-say-reports/

but again ‘dont be evil’

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/05/gmail-ads-email-scanning_n_3871246.html

Google argued that the case should be dismissed, and that “all users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing.”
NOTE – this quote comes from a hearing in a federal court in 2013 so this is not new information.

to borrow from Benjamin Franklin – those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.

its not a big deal though – price is right, wheel of fortune, and the kardashians will still be coming on.

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