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New Document Shows the CIA Is Investing in Data-Mining Firms
Posted on Apr 18, 2016
It seems the United States government has made some friends in Silicon Valley.
Christopher Darby, president and CEO of In-Q-Tel (IQT), states in the document that “IQT’s strategic investment process” encourages Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley “to engage in an open dialogue on topics relevant to our National Security interests.” Interestingly, all four firms mentioned in excerpt above refused to respond to “repeated requests” for comment from The Intercept—an open dialogue, indeed.
This new document should be shocking to anyone concerned about privacy rights and surveillance, especially because these companies have experience contracting with the government over personal data.
“Police departments in Oakland, Chicago, Detroit, and other major municipalities have contracted with Geofeedia,” states The Intercept, and in 2011, hackers revealed that Palantir was “in negotiation for a proposal to track labor union activists and other critics of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”
These revelations come during a time of increased frustration over growing government surveillance. While companies such as Apple have made headlines for refusing to cooperate with the government, perhaps smaller companies gladly sacrifice privacy rights in return for government funding.
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