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MOS-SAD: Israeli govt weighs in on Facebook privacy, promises action

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Mr. Diskin--It's not hypocritical at all to not want government access to smartphone data

The last I heard, as big and powerful as they were, neither Facebook, Google or Apple had the legal power to levy taxes or penalties, to arrest and detain, to impound property, to restrict your rights to travel across borders or via certain transportation modes.

And these companies are ultimately answerable to the marketplace. If they really screw up, then they will lose users, advertisers and developers, and someone else will invent a less intrusive platform if that is what the market demands. Meanwhile if Mossad or some other intel agency oversteps the law, the worst that will happen is that a director or assistant director will get thrown to the wolves, and the underlying organization and culture will march merrily on its taxpayer-funded way.

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