^I'm not "crying conspiracy." I'm simply making an observation that this particular issue is a lot less serious and deliberate that some people are making it out to be. And the recent spate of actions on the part of many governments to violate their own laws (all in the name if security) constitutes a much larger and mire serious threat.
And far be it from me to defend Google. I was never a big fan of theirs.
But it should be pointed out that Google could be shut down tomorrow by any government that felt Google was exceeding it's legal sphere of activity. The same could not be said of governments should they exceed their constitutional authority.
Just my tuppence.
+40 for 40Hz!
I would go so far as to say that there are no governments that do not exceed their mandate to govern.
I need only cite separation of church and state. Marriage is a holy institution. Civil union is the unholy, errr... I mean the secular version of marriage. Why does the state have any say in marriage? It is out of its domain. (This obviously goes to situations like gay marriage, etc. Gay "marriage" is a matter of religion, and not a concern for the state.) But I don't want to raise those issues here -- only point out a clear case where the state has overstepped its mandate to GOVERN.
In a similarly cynical vein, take the roles of organizations in general... Why is it that while other organizations generally are deemed to succeed when they increase operational efficiency, profits, throughput/output, and other key business indicators, governments on the other had only succeed when they become bloated, inefficient, money pits? e.g. Greece where 1 in 10 people work in civil service (about 5% of the population).
It's not corporations like Google that we really need to fear. It's government, and moreover, bad/poor government.