Several tech companies including Google, Facebook and Yahoo have sent an open letter to the National Security Agency demanding that it stop targeting the telephone and Internet accounts of U.S. citizens.
I agree that our government should not make spying on Americans part of its daily routine.
But it’s important to note that most of the companies that signed this open letter share a business model of mining their customers’ personal information and browsing habits to sell to advertisers.
So while I agree that it should be illegal for the government to spy on U.S. citizens, it should also be illegal for corporations to mine information for profit without the express permission of their customers.
Customers should not have to opt out. They should have the choice to opt in.
— Wes Bannister,
North Richland Hills