Who Do You Trust?

In their annual report, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) examine the policies of major internet companies – including ISPs,email providers,cloud storage providers, location  – based services, blogging platforms, and social networking sites – to assess whether they publicly commit to standing by their users when the government seeks access to user data.  Sadly, it seems like only two companies are on your side.

“We contacted each company to explain our findings and gave them an opportunity to provide evidence of improved policies and practices.”

Electronic Frontier Foundation

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When you use the Internet,you entrust your conversations, thoughts, experiences, locations, photos,and more to companies like Google, AT&T and Facebook. But what do these companies do when the government demands your private information? Do they stand with you? Do they et you know what’s going on?

Not likely.

For the 2013 report, EFF used the following six criteria to assess company practices and policies:

  1. • Require a warrant for content of communications.
  2. • Tell users about government datar equests.
  3. • Publish transparency reports.
  4. • Publish law enforcement guidelines.
  5. • Fight for users ’privacy rights inc ourts.
  6. • Fight for users’ privacy in the US Congress.

Well, here are the results:

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images (2)No surprises here, but let’s give Twitter and SonicNet a thumbs up for (at least) trying to protect citizens from the increasing government interfering in out private lives.

Download the full reporet here.

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All Human Rights Reserved (h) 2013

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Mr. B Says "Thanks"

Once in a while I get an email from my good buddy over in Washington, Mr.B. The other  night, the U.S. Senate passed the so-called “Wall Street Reform,” and a few hours ago I got a new mail from Mr.B – he says “thank you.”

“Never again will Americans be duped by fine print or hidden fees.”

Barack Obama

“Frode – On Thursday, the Senate passed historic Wall Street reform. This movement proved again that the strongest special interests, who for so long have called the shots in Washington, can be beat. When opponents in Congress tried to block the legislation altogether, you stood up — and they backed down. When the lobbyists pushed for loopholes and exemptions just before a final vote, you did not relent — and we fought them off,” the U.S. president writes.

Well, the truth is, I wasn’t even there!

But it’s always nice to get a letter from the president. However, this time I think he’s giving me way too much credit, so I better pass the message on to those whom it is intended.

Here’s the rest:

Your support brought us to this day — and, because of that, we’re poised to implement sensible reforms that will provide a stronger foundation for economic growth.

Now, the House and Senate must iron out their differences before I can sign it into law. But the financial industry will not give up. They have already spent more than $1 million per member of Congress, lobbying on this issue. And in the coming days, they will go all in. This is their last shot to stall, weaken, or kill reform, and they are not accustomed to losing.

But this movement has you — and together, we have beaten the special interests before.

Every American has a stake in this bill.

If you have ever been treated unfairly by a credit card company, this reform works for you — never again will Americans be duped by fine print or hidden fees.

If you ever try to take out a home loan or student loan, this reform works for you — putting an end to predatory and deceptive lending practices.

And, if you or your small business relies on credit from community banks that are being punished for playing by the rules while their competitors do not, this reform works for you — reining in the big banks and making sure all our lenders are subject to tough oversight.

These reforms would put in place the strongest consumer financial protections in history. And, by helping safeguard our economy from recklessness on Wall Street, it would ensure that a crisis like the one that caused this recession never happens again.

This is not a zero-sum game where Wall Street loses and Main Street wins. As we have learned, in today’s economy, we are all connected. When the economy prospers, we all win. Senators of both parties recognize that fact, and that is why lawmakers stood up to the lobbyists and worked across the aisle to ensure that Wall Street reform passed.

But this fight is not yet over. And it is up to us to overcome this final test and pass reform into law. When we do, the power of this movement to make change in Washington — despite the best efforts of the special interests — will no longer be up for debate.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

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PS:

Mr. B asks if you can spare 5 bucks (or maybe more?).




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Goldman-Boss Questioned By Congress – Watch It LIVE Now

Goldman Sachschief executive officer, Lloyd Blankfein, is right now being questioned by the committee members in the U.S. Congress, after making prepared statement.

Watch this historic moment live at CNBC Plus.

Click on the picture or this link to watch the web cast.

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