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Obama 2012 and Facebook: Your Privacy, Diminished

Note: This first appeared on Breitbart.com's Big Government.


My Privacy policy, in its simplest form, consists of but three tenets.

1) Government shouldn’t have access to any data besides that to which it is Constitutionally allowed - and only what is absolutely necessary for it to execute its enumerated, limited Constitutional duties.  If they want more, they should go through the proper Constitutional channels - i.e. obtaining a warrant, writing a (Constitutional) law or amending the Constitution.

This is where things like ObamaCare, of course, vastly overreach.

2) Government should never - again, save for certain isolated instances, and again only after first going through proper channels - force private companies or persons to turn over data.


3) Private companies should never unilaterally give the government our data.

Private companies compile our data because it is inordinately valuable to them - in large part because it makes them more valuable to us.  The more they know about our online-technological lives, the better they can make our online-technological experience.


And that’s not a bad thing.  Unless they unilaterally give the government our data - a Rule #3 violation.


We may be running into some Rule #3 problems - again - this election season.  And - shocker - it involves President Barack Obama.  Again.


Senator Obama became President Obama in large part because of his much ballyhooed online prowess.

Propelled by Internet, Barack Obama Wins Presidency


Obama Raised Half a Billion Online


How Obama’s Internet Campaign Changed Politics

But the essence of politics never changes.  It remains as nearly always a corrupt cesspool - pockmarked by incessant cronyism.


Perhaps the most important amongst Obama’s many cronies are Leftist mega-corporations Facebook and Google - the twin titans of online data compilation.


Candidate Obama wasn’t good - so much as Facebook and Google were good for him.


And it looks like they’re lining up to be good for him again.  We’ll begin with Facebook.


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Meet Chris Hughes.

How Chris Hughes Helped Launch Facebook and the Barack Obama Campaign


The untold story of how Chris Hughes, today only 25 years old, helped create two of the most successful startups in modern history, Facebook and the Barack Obama campaign.


His key tool was My.BarackObama.com, or MyBO for short, a surprisingly intuitive and fun-to-use networking Web site that allowed Obama supporters to create groups, plan events, raise funds, download tools, and connect with one another -- not unlike a more focused, activist Facebook.


MyBO also let the campaign reach its most passionate supporters cheaply and effectively. By the time the campaign was over, volunteers had created more than 2 million profiles on the site, planned 200,000 offline events, formed 35,000 groups, posted 400,000 blogs, and raised $30 million on 70,000 personal fund-raising pages.

I’m sure it’s not at all helpful to have the co-founder of Facebook - a website of which half of all Americans is a member, and on which they each store a treasure trove of personal data - run your online campaign.


Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a big Obama fan as well.

Obama and Facebook in Warm Embrace


Throughout the largely staged event, Mr. Obama and Mr. Zuckerberg appeared almost chummy with each other....


The audience was mostly Facebook employees with guests from the Valley’s technology and political establishment, including Democratic Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Mike Honda and John Garamendi; the investors Ron Conway and Mitch Kapor; and the entrepreneurs Tim O’Reilly and Kim Polese, among others....


The increasingly close relationship between Facebook and Washington worries some privacy advocates who fear it will allow the social networking company to escape government scrutiny.


But Facebook, like Google before it, appears to have become irresistible to politicians who see it as a way to connect with young, tech-savvy audiences.

Allow me to clarify where the New York Times obfuscated:


It’s not “Washington” who is chummy with Facebook and Google - it is Democrats, including (especially) President Obama.


And, of course, the romance continues unabated.  In fact, it’s deepening.

Obama, Facebook and the power of friendship: the 2012 data election


Barack Obama’s re-election team are building a vast digital data operation that for the first time combines a unified database on millions of Americans with the power of Facebook to target individual voters to a degree never achieved before....


In 2008 the Obama digital team was lauded around the world for its groundbreaking work on internet fundraising. Yet in fact, the separation of its data on voters into several distinct silos forced high-level staffers to spend hours manually downloading information from one database to another.


The Obama team in 2008 did a good job in beginning to tear down those walls, releasing extraordinary fundraising energy in the process that raised about $500m online.


This year the Chicago team hasn't knocked down the walls so much as dispensed with them altogether. They have built from the ground up a unified database that incorporates and connects everything the campaign knows about a voter within it....


The centralised nature of the database may raise privacy issues as the election cycle progresses. Jeff Chester of the digital advertising watchdog Center for Digital Democracy, which has been calling for regulators to review the growth of digital marketing in politics, said that "this is beyond J Edgar Hoover's dream.


In its rush to exploit the power of digital data to win re-election, the Obama campaign appears to be ignoring the ethical and moral implications."

Fantastic.


In their ethical-and-moral-implication-ignoring cross-compilation of everyone’s private data, Obama 2012 is behaving exactly like Google.


Which brings us to Part II....

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Comment by Tom Bruno on April 4, 2012 at 9:29pm

Robbie: 

No problem brother.  No apology needed here. It's all I can do not to throw bricks at my TV. If I was not 70 and restricted so I have to interact thru the Internet and TV, I would have done so long ago. 

By the way, I just turn him off. I still am commanded to honor our President and to pray for him and I do. I just cannot wait to pray for someone else after November. That is all I am focused on these days. God bless you.

God bless America! With a new President!

Comment by Robbie Eagle on April 4, 2012 at 4:34pm

 Tom,when does anything for  money end?Yes,it does look like a sellout to me.

I have reached the point disgust when looking at or  stand hearing hussein speak.If electronics weren't so costly,I would be replacing the tv on a daily basis.

I just misunderstood your comment.My apology as well.

Comment by Tom Bruno on April 4, 2012 at 1:57am

Robbie, forgive me, I should have made more clear my post. It was not aimed at you or anything you said. If you look at the TPT page on which your post appeared, at the top there is an advertisement in living color of Michelle Obama asking one and all to re-elect the President, complete with links to donate to his campaign. That is what I was astonished about! I still am. What about you? 

Comment by Robbie Eagle on April 4, 2012 at 1:20am

 Tom,I just checked do not track plus & didn't see her on it,if your comment was directed to me.As for as hush mail,I do not get tracked when I use it.I have used it on 2 sites that are watched closely by the gov. & have not been tracked.

 No way do I or have I ever supported hussein obams.I love our nation and work diligently to return it to what it should be.

God,family,nation;Robbie

Comment by Tom Bruno on April 4, 2012 at 12:19am

ARE YOU KIDDING? HAVE YOU LOOKED AT YOUR SITE AND SEEN THE PAID ANNOUNCEMENT FEATURING MICHELLE OBAMA? ARE YOU SUPPORTING OBAMA'S RE-ELECTION? PLEASE TELL ME THERE IS A REASON FOR ALL THIS!!!!!!!

Comment by Robbie Eagle on April 3, 2012 at 8:14pm

 Let Freedom Ring,use this e-mail.

http://www.hushmail.com

Use: Do Not Track Plus

Both free.

Comment by Robbie Eagle on April 3, 2012 at 8:08pm

Mike,FreedomTorch doesn't edit post.I have had a problem with that on FB.I use both.

Comment by Mike NQR on April 3, 2012 at 4:59pm

I find that most of my FaceBook "friends" are like-minded individuals. Oh, there are plenty of liberals there but, every time I post something from a conservative point of view, I get many more "likes" than dissenting opinions. It's also a good place to follow Oath Keepers, of which I'm a member for 2 years now.

Comment by Robbie Eagle on April 3, 2012 at 4:10pm

  Conservative networking group set up as alternative to FB.

 http://www.freedomtorch.com

Comment by Let Freedom Ring on April 3, 2012 at 1:48pm

Exactly why I am not on facebook, and never will be! 

But it's not just facebook.  As I cruise thtough my emails, guess whose's smiling face is staring at me from the corner from the corner of my screen... Berry and his lovely little family.  Cute little message too ... "Join us blah blah blah ... my work is not done... blah blah."  Lord help us!

We will send a message in Nov, 2012.  Your work is done Berry, bye, bye!

 

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