Re: For heaven's sake
1 - somewhere, Microsoft seems to have gotten itself a pass by
bribing and paying off a LOT of officials lobbying hard to the point that local Privacy Commissioners have been explicitly instructed from upon high NOT to investigage any breaches associated with Microsoft. Thanks for the heads up, because I have some fun details that would warrant an EU-wide investigation - the problem is that I picked up rumours that this "essential" malarky may even play at EU level so maybe it needs to be made public via Pro Publica first.
2 - from the article: "The Dutch experience does show though that regulation can be effective in moderating the behaviour of big tech"
Well, no. It only shows they will have to adopt EUROPEAN approaches to
bribing and paying off a LOT of officials lobbying. Look at Facebook - it just found the weakest link and pounced on it: the Irish DPA officers who see their position merely as an audtion for a fat cushy job with Big Tech. Remember, these boys know more about you than even you do and will happily use it against you, augmented by the fact that as far as I can see, European politicians are as corrupt as the rest, they just hide it better.
There is a simple rule: ask two questions:
- how they make their money?
- how do they act when under threat?
As soon as especially a US based outfit has enough money to bend or ignore the law for profit, you can be sure it will. Every. single. time.