I don’t know about you, but it makes me very uncomfortable to know the Government has the power to force a company like Google to hand over it’s customer data without a specific reason behind it. Yesterday we heard something similar happening with Verizon and I started to put all the pieces together. Here is the timeline of events:
May 17th, 2013 – The first “Big Data” Company, Tableau Software, ticker symbol DATA, had it’s first public offering of stock (IPO). The stock opened at $47, after pricing its initial public offering with the New York Stock Exchange at $31. The initial price talk was $23-$26, then it went up to $28-$30, before pricing at $31. The stock got to ~$50 the first day and has been there ever since.
May 28th, 2013 – A Federal Judge orders Google to turn over it’s customer data to the FBI. In March, this same Judge had ruled the FBI letters to Google were un-Constitutional in a separate case. Read the full story HERE.
June 6th, 2013 – We learn that the Federal Government has been and will continue to get “Big Data” from Verizon wireless. We don’t know what they’re doing with the data, but only that they are analyzing it for the greater good. Read the full story HERE.
It seems pretty obvious, when you lay it out. Someone on Wall Street knew the Government was going to be doing some Big Data research and perhaps even knew that Tableau Software would be the company helping them. That would explain why the price on the first day of trading was more than double the initial price talk. The Government is now forcing Big Data aggregators like Google and Verizon to hand-it-over so they can use these new software tools to make the data useful for whatever their agenda might be.
To me, this is going too far and will certainly lead to the invasion of our freedom and liberty. This is only the beginning.
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