Dec 09, 2013

Does how companies treat government request for personal data influence who you do business with?

In the past week, I’ve read about Microsoft, Yahoo and Google taking steps to make it harder for the Government to spy on citizens, while AT&T tries to avoid answering shareholder questions about providing data to the governments. When you are making a decision (personal or business) on who to do business with, is how companies treat government data surveillance a factor you consider?

To a certain degree, yes it is important. But cost and the quality of service are also worth considering. It would be hard to make a decision based just on the data issue. Some things are more important than that, depending on the person's needs.

I want to say yes, but personally (non-business related) I use AT&T, and I haven’t switched companies. As much as it pains me to admit it, I’m just too lazy to do it. However, when it comes to new business, either personally or in those areas I have a say at work, I will consider it. I think how a company reacts to governmental data mining/seizure/monitoring reflects on the company’s overall philosophy about data security and privacy.

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