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    Default Apple Joins Alliance of Companies which plan to Demand Increased NSA Transparency


    A group of tech giants including Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook recently threw their substantial weight behind a civil rights alliance that will reportedly demand greater transparency regarding the U.S. government’s surveillance programs. News of the alliance comes in just one month after a leak revealed the existence of America’s PRISM data mining initiative, in which Apple supposedly played a small role, an alliance of 63 public companies, non-profit and trade organizations, and investors all call for the government to make its operations more transparent. According to AllThingsD, the group will send a letter asking for much tomorrow.

    A copy of the letter obtained by the publication mentions the following:

    Basic information about how the government uses its various law enforcement–related investigative authorities has been published for years without any apparent disruption to criminal investigations. We seek permission for the same information to be made available regarding the government’s national security–related authorities.
    The group is planning to ask President Barack Obama and select members of Congress to particularly strip away restrictions that limit what information companies can divulge regarding government requests for sensitive data. The alliance specifically wants to have the option to issue disclosures about requests for user data made to Internet, phone, and Web service operators in the name of national security. The alliance wants the ability to disclose the following: the number of government requests for user data; the number of individuals, accounts, or devices connected to said requests; and the number of requests looking for communications content, subscriber information, or other similar data.

    For those of you who aren’t aware, Apple was reported to be a willing participant of PRISM in June but the company released a public statement saying it had never heard of the program. The company denied that it grants server access to any U.S. agency. This move indicates that the company s against the program. We’ll have to wait and see what comes of the alliance’s demands.

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    They should have done this before participating in PRISM! This doesn't make me look at them in a different way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by puissance000 View Post
    They should have done this before participating in PRISM! This doesn't make me look at them in a different way...
    Did you honestly think this was not going on behind the scenes anyways? If you did not, you are foolish...

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    So much for the campaign (which he ran on twice) of a transparent government. Gee doesn't Apple regularly host swanky high dollar parties for this guy and this is how he repays them?

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    I don't think apple would lie about this: it goes against their culture. But why would snowden say they were a part of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleJob View Post
    Did you honestly think this was not going on behind the scenes anyways? If you did not, you are foolish...
    Don't breathe down his neck, he's correct in his statement. When I claimed the government spy on us I was always called conspiracy theorist, doom monger, watch too many movies etc etc. As far as I'm concerned they're all in it together and that's why all my profiles have mostly fake info. Not because I'm a criminal but far to much snooping going on.

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    This will do f**k all. Just a media hype.

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    Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
    Don't breathe down his neck, he's correct in his statement. When I claimed the government spy on us I was always called conspiracy theorist, doom monger, watch too many movies etc etc. As far as I'm concerned they're all in it together and that's why all my profiles have mostly fake info. Not because I'm a criminal but far to much snooping going on.
    For me Ive read countless articles about PRISM, but honestly I don't see what's that bad. Yeah the government should let us have our privacy I get that, but it's not like they're going around arresting people for what they said/did online. From what I've read it's all electronic, and it's when certain words or phrases are used like "bomb" and "president" or something. It's not like they're using it to track you. I guess I've just never been a big "watch out for big brother spying" type, just never really mattered to me that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanboyfanboy View Post
    For me Ive read countless articles about PRISM, but honestly I don't see what's that bad. Yeah the government should let us have our privacy I get that, but it's not like they're going around arresting people for what they said/did online. From what I've read it's all electronic, and it's when certain words or phrases are used like "bomb" and "president" or something. It's not like they're using it to track you. I guess I've just never been a big "watch out for big brother spying" type, just never really mattered to me that much.
    There's a kid in jail in the U.S. right now because of comments said on an online video game regarding "shooting up his school", meanwhile George Zimmerman, a murderer, walks free. So yeah, the U.S. is arresting people for comments said online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanboyfanboy View Post
    but it's not like they're going around arresting people for what they said/did online
    And why not? Why aren't there 100s of pedos and child pornographers being arrested with all the snooping?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanboyfanboy View Post
    For me Ive read countless articles about PRISM, but honestly I don't see what's that bad. Yeah the government should let us have our privacy I get that, but it's not like they're going around arresting people for what they said/did online. From what I've read it's all electronic, and it's when certain words or phrases are used like "bomb" and "president" or something. It's not like they're using it to track you. I guess I've just never been a big "watch out for big brother spying" type, just never really mattered to me that much.
    People get arrested and thrown in jail all the time for comments made or things they've done on the internet! Ever see the TV Show "To Catch A Predator"? They all start off with online chats which escalate from there. I've read about people making comments about terrorist attacks getting arrested and thrown in jail. It happens more than you think, we probably only hear about a small percentage of them.

    At least Apple is trying to make a push in the right direction along with other big companies.

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    And people who did not see this coming deserved to be spied on. Lol

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    Our government likes to waste money and exhaust itself with maneuvers like this. How about fixing our judicial system. My stomach still hurts from the last 3 sensationalized tv court cases. Stop the spying and fix the existing issues. Divide and conquer seems to be the motto of our "own"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
    Our government likes to waste money and exhaust itself with maneuvers like this. How about fixing our judicial system. My stomach still hurts from the last 3 sensationalized tv court cases. Stop the spying and fix the existing issues. Divide and conquer seems to be the motto of our "own"
    Haha quit your crying. Don't like the system? It's not too late to jump ship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
    ...meanwhile George Zimmerman, a murderer, walks free.
    You know more about the case than the judge and the jury, right? I guess you have special access to all the evidence. Or maybe the judge and the jury are just dumb fcuks.

    Trust me I'm not saying that the kid deserved to die. It is very tragic for his family but I trust the judge and the jury that Zimmerman is not guilty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanboyfanboy View Post
    For me Ive read countless articles about PRISM, but honestly I don't see what's that bad. Yeah the government should let us have our privacy I get that, but it's not like they're going around arresting people for what they said/did online. From what I've read it's all electronic, and it's when certain words or phrases are used like "bomb" and "president" or something. It's not like they're using it to track you. I guess I've just never been a big "watch out for big brother spying" type, just never really mattered to me that much.
    Yes because it hasn't impacted your life yet. Nobody cares until it impacts them!

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