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Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook can be deleted to protect data, but what about the American NSA?

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 April, 2018, 3:47pm
UPDATED : Monday, 16 April, 2018, 3:47pm

Mark Zuckerberg has become our national punchbag and he is very good at it. Either he has a preternatural ability to eat humble pie, rare in a multibillionaire, or his public relations people have a very quick learner. It would have taken a lobotomy to prepare me for the inquisition he sat through before a virtue-signalling coterie of congress people.

And what exactly was his transgression? Well, sir, while you and I were doing the usual in our dorm rooms back in the day, Master Mark used his to devise a mechanism whereby we could indulge the irresistible urge to give free rein to our egos, but without crystal-balling just what uses data-miners would make of our gushers of freely provided personal data.

He is guilty as charged, as he has acknowledged. But, in assessing the penalty for our own promiscuous provision of highly personal data on his platform, should we not consider that we have permitted our National Security Agency to operate in a much more pervasive vacuum and one that does not provide the ability to opt out?

Paul Bloustein, Ohio