Props to The Google

Someone asked me after I gave a brief talk on data mining last week, “So how does the government technically get this data from Google?” The next day, Google actually published some data on the National Security Letters they had received. This is definitely a step in the right direction.

I’d write more on this, but others have done so already. I recommend this piece by the ACLU, and this one by the EFF if you’d like to know more about this – I consider this as big a threat to due process as extrajudicial drone killings, but since actual death isn’t immediately involved, the topic tends to fly under the radar.

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