Giant US government Internet spying scandal revealed!

The Washington Post and The Guardian have revealed a US government mass Internet surveillance program code-named “PRISM”. They report that the NSA and the FBI have been tapping directly into the servers of nine US service providers, including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Yahoo, YouTube, AOL and Skype, and began this surveillance program at least seven years ago. (Imageclarifying slides)

 

These revelations are shaking up an international debate.

 

Start Page has always been very outspoken when it comes to protecting people’s privacy and civil liberties. So it won’t surprise you that we are a strong opponent of overreaching, unaccountable spy programs like PRISM. In the past, even government surveillance programs that were begun with good intentions have become tools for abuse, for example tracking civil rights and anti-war protesters.

 

Programs like PRISM undermine our Privacy, disrupt faith in governments, and are a danger to the free Internet.

 

StartPage and its sister search engine Ixquick have in their 14-year history never provided a single byte of user data to the US government, or any other government or agency. Not under PRISM, nor under any other program in the US, nor under any program anywhere in the world. We are not like Yahoo, Facebook, Google, Apple, Skype, or the other US companies who got caught up in the web of PRISM surveillance.

 

Here’s how we are different:

 

  • StartPage does not store any user data. We make this perfectly clear to everyone, including any governmental agencies. We do not record the IP addresses of our users and we don’t use tracking cookies, so there is literally no data about you on our servers to access. Since we don’t even know who our customers are, we can’t share anything with Big Brother. In fact, we’ve never gotten even a single request from a governmental authority to supply user data in the fourteen years we’ve been in business.

  • StartPage uses encryption (HTTPS) by default. Encryption prevents snooping. Your searches are encrypted, so others can’t “tap” the Internet connection to snoop what you’re searching for. This combination of not storing data together with using strong encryption for the connections is key in protecting your Privacy.

  • Our company is based in The Netherlands, Europe. US jurisdiction does not apply to us, at least not directly. Any request or demand from ANY government (including the US) to deliver user data, will be thoroughly checked by our lawyers, and we will not comply unless the law which actually applies to us would undeniably require it from us. And even in that hypothetical situation, we refer to our first point; we don’t even have any user data to give. We will never cooperate with voluntary spying programs like PRISM.

  • StartPage cannot be forced to start spying. Given the strong protection of the Right to Privacy in Europe , European governments cannot just start forcing service providers like us to implement a blanket spying program on their users. And if that ever changed, we would fight this to the end.

 

Privacy.

 

It’s not just our policy – it’s our business.
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Courtesy of

Robert E.G. Beens
CEO StartPage.com and Ixquick.com

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Love Of Money And The Route Of All Evil Comes Home To Roost In 2013-2016

Are banks still too big to fail?

The worship of Mammon

The worship of Mammon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Of course they are, as the banks were allowed to build a system designed only to favour themselves! Based on the premise they will eventually not need us, as we and our debts created by them, will bring them down! It is true that we funded their corrupt system, but we are now their biggest liability, and not the cash cow we once were! So to stop that happening, we will become surplus to requirements and they will close their doors to us, and using their system control this world from their ivory towers!

There are three areas of control in this world that holds the very fabric of society together, these are food, clothing and our homes! By invading the privacy of our homes, with Smart TV’s and Google Glasses they begin to spy on us! By watching us like lab rats in our own environment the way we eat, what we eat and how we live our lives ,using smart fridges, smart meters and smarter computers , they will control our very existence!

Once they have amassed all this information in servers bigger than 10 story buildings, they will know how we think and using this information, sell it to the highest bidder! This will then allow those that buy it, to control our lives like never before, deciding not just what we eat, wear or what house we live in, but designing the environment around us, to fit their design, not ours!

If and when they control our food, clothes and homes ,they will control our lives and by controlling our lives ,will control all of us! Then if we step out of line refuse to toe the line or just disagree with their design, we will become surplus to their requirements! We become the pestilence that needs eradicating, that is using up all the “Earths” resources thus not leaving enough ,for the “Haves” our foraging turned into greed, to be stopped anyway they can!

This is when the “ Love Of Money Becomes The Root Of All Evil” and the world of man becomes the world of haves controlling the have-nots ,by their so-called “Power” thus eradicating “God” from our conscience and leaving “Evil” to rule the “Earth” in the name of “Mammon” !

Our news desk receives many such links to documents worth sharing one such can be found at this link:

Machines Begin Taking Social Out of Social Media https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IJX_gKqwpNhDvgv9lxjfhdiR81Dlp7aYLmrR8Z7gmKk/edit

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