is an interesting chart from Reuters that shows which countries have
highest rate of collecting data from tech companies. Google, Microsoft,
Skype, and Twitter are evidently the top suppliers of personal data.
I'm guessing the U.S. is at the top at least partially because the tech
companies are based in the U.S. and therefore the FBI, NSA, IRS, DHS,
and other 3-letter agencies are able to exert the most influence. Of
course what is not shown are countries that make no pretense of granting
citizens a right of personal privacy such as Russia, China, Saudi Arabia,
Venezuela, and other Communist regimes. Our government exploits a populace
that actually expects privacy because the Constitution mandates it.
They don't need to heed no stinking Constitution.
Posted June 2013