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[liberationtech] quid pro quo

Don Marti dmarti at zgp.org
Tue Sep 10 14:49:38 PDT 2013


begin Moritz Bartl quotation of Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 11:08:18PM +0200:
> On 09/10/2013 09:27 PM, Lucas Gonze wrote:
> > Let's say major corps like ATT and Chase are doing favors for NSA. Why
> > would they if not for a quid pro quo?
> > 
> > And if they are getting favors in return, isn't that illegal?
> > 
> > I wonder if there is evidence to show what the payback is.
> 
> http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/23/nsa-prism-costs-tech-companies-paid

The PRISM companies benefit from tax loopholes that
out of context looked like an extremely silly quid
until Snowden showed us the quo.

  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-21/google-2-4-rate-shows-how-60-billion-u-s-revenue-lost-to-tax-loopholes.html
  http://www.infoworld.com/t/federal-regulations/apple-no-tax-gimmick-left-behind-219247

What if it's just a matter of governments saying,
"If you secure your systems, we'll secure ours"?

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