Spying By the Government Is Different from Spying By a Private Company
Apologists for the NSA and other spy agencies argue that they’re not doing anything that private companies aren’t doing.
But as Lewis & Clark law school professor Tung Yin notes, you can “opt out” of private services:
You can opt out from Facebook, but you can’t opt out from the NSA.
Additionally, private companies don’t have the power to put you in jail, or kill you. Only the government has the power to do that.
So a comparison between private companies and the government is a false one.