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  1. genferei Member

    Now we’re advertising non-Ricochet articles beyond paywalls?

    By the way, does anyone else just delete those ‘your NR Digital is ready’ emails?

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  2. user_697797 Member

    The IRS and its procedures are far from deathly secret and yet, as we’ve seen, not so banal.  It isn’t hard to weaponize a federal agency.  And correct me if I’m wrong, but did we have an understanding of the NSA’s banal undertakings before Snowden?  I was under the impression that the general populace was largely unaware of PRISM prior to his wikileaks document dump.  Maybe not deathly secret, but not transparent, either.

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  3. Misthiocracy Member

    As far as I’m concerned, any information you voluntarily hand over to a service provider (such as a phone number) becomes the property of the service provider unless you have a written agreement with the service provider which states otherwise.

    If somebody tells me something “in confidence”, that information becomes my property to do with as I please. If I pass that information along to somebody else, the first person can get mad at me for being a lousy gossip, but they lost the right to treat the information as their sole property the second they voluntarily gave that information to me.

    Without any written agreement, any service provider that voluntarily hands over information which has been given to them voluntarily is merely handing over their own property.

    That being said, no government should have the ability to force a service provider to hand over any information, as that would constitute coercive expropriation of the service provider’s property.

    But that’s just me.

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