Originally Posted by Gatorguy
Are you perhaps associated with Facebook or their PR firm? This is just the type of FUD they were paying to have spread earlier this year. Do you get any income or other benefits from Facebook, directly or indirectly? Honest answer for an honest question. If yes, no big deal, at least it's disclosure of your interests. If you say no, that's good enough for me. It's just that some of your repeated points raise a red-flag.
Still trying the "FUD" angle? It isn't FUD if it's true, which it is. From your perspective, these are inconvenient facts that you'd like to dismiss, but can't. Google has shown it's true character through it's actions and only a fool would trust them with anything.
As for Facebook, they are nearly as big a problem for privacy as Google, but with one big difference: they have to entice you to hand information over, but you can simply not take the bait. With Google's information dragnet cast over the web, it's nearly impossible to avoid falling into their maw. But, both companies could use a more than a little legislative restraint applied to them.
Would it affect Apple too? Yes, but it wouldn't have any significant impact on their business since, unlike Google and Facebook, they aren't in the business of dealing in personal information, but making the best computers and operating systems on the planet, and, in case you haven't noticed, respect for privacy is becoming a selling point for the devices and services they offer.
That's why, unlike the law breaking low life's at Google, or simply low lifes at Facebook, Apple can be trusted.