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Google Snooping For The Government? So What?

Google is not the only technology provider dealing with these secret court orders. Microsoft (MSFT) and Facebook (FB) are caught in the same situation. Both companies have also asked the government for permission to reveal a little bit more about their government dealings under FISA.

I'm not sure publishing details about who the government spies on - when they do it - or why - will ultimately keep anyone safe. And, I wonder whether there is actually a way to control these requests other than to regulate them out of existence.

These new high-tech problems are a by-product of the giant connectivity explosion the world has experienced over the past few decades. I don't see any better way for Internet providers or the government to protect our personal freedoms and keep us safe at the same time. Unfortunately, high-tech snooping is now a big part of today's online universe.

I can proudly report that I'm not a threat to anyone. I'm somewhat uncomfortable with the idea that the government might be spying on me. However, I think spying on everyone else is perfectly fine.

--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.

>To submit a news tip, send an email to: tips@thestreet.com.

Gary Krakow is TheStreet's senior technology correspondent.
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