Finally a political story reported by the techies that we can be proud of.
Imagine a society run on true free market based principles. Imagine all of the technological innovation regulated out of existence because of big government — we’d do wonders for the tech industry if we got rid of our "government managed economy".
As the party of the free market, we are going to need to convince one industry at a time to support our philosophy. I think this article in PC World gives us hope.
Google has agreed to pay a $22.5 million fine to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) to settle charges related to Google placing tracking cookies to spy on user activity in Apple’s Safari Web browser. While $22.5 million is a record fine for the FTC, it’s a drop in the bucket that won’t be missed by Google and shows how US government agencies have their priorities backward.
The real question is why one US agency feels the need to spend years devoting significant resources to prosecute an infraction that most people couldn’t care less about, while another US agency seems to be willing to look the other way more or less regarding an intentional violation of privacy.
The agencies seem to have their own agendas, and in many cases lack the power to do anything meaningful.