"Well," said the White Rabbit, "finally, a corporation is doing something nice for the public."
The Mad Hatter arched an eyebrow as he poured three cups of tea. "That would be a surprise. To which corporation are you referring?"
"Why, Apple, of course," Rabbit said. "They're actually going to take the Feds to court to keep their customers' phone data private. Almost makes me want to trade in my Galaxy 6 for an iPhone."
"I own an iPhone," popped in Alice, "it's pink. I could've gotten other colors, too. Apple is so nice."
The Mad Hatter rolled his eyes. "Friends, friends, have you learned nothing from all our conversations? Nothing?"
The Rabbit frowned, "What do you mean? It isn't good that a company is fighting for our privacy? If they create a code to break through the encryption, it will open a back door for hackers to worm in and steal our data. The Russians, the Chinese" And I even heard that Google supports Apple on this one. So maybe I'll keep my Android""
"Do they make it in pink?" Alice asked.
"Okay, listen. The Russians and the Chinese don't give two pence about your phone calls to Betty Bunny, all right? Or Alice's cat videos." The Hatter put a finger to his lips. "Though being friends with me might make you a person of interest." A head shake. "Anyway, do you really believe that Apple, and Google, don't already have a code that access all your information and data? And that they aren't already monitoring and storing every tweet Alice sends to @justinbieber?"
"Have I gone viral?" Alice brightened.
"Wait," interrupted the Rabbit, "Then I don't get it. Why are they resisting giving up the gunman's info. The Feds have a warrant, right? Why not just turn it over now?"
"Because," said the Hatter, "they want to put on a show."
"Yes," cried Alice, "I'm in. I love shows."
" This show," the Hatter continued, is to try to convince the public that the nice telecomm companies care about you and about privacy rights. And to keep from getting lambasted that they cave quickly and share all your data. They go to court looking like advocates for privacy rights, then the court forces them to finally turn over the info. So they can say 'we tried', but 'the mean old Feds and the courts made us do it. ' And you keep buying iPhones and buying into the surveillance state."
"Wow," said the Rabbit, "I never thought of that" I guess I'd better start being careful about who I have tea with. Maybe we can meet anonymously every Friday morning at Starbucks."
The Hatter shook his head. "Nah, I wouldn't worry. You're small carrots, Rabbit. They're interested in big phishing. But, I'll lay you odds that the GPS on your phone will ID where you get your coffee, and you'll be besieged with ads from Starbucks and the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf."
"You don't think my 'faves' are really what they're after, do you?" said the Rabbit.
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