Cory Doctorow / Pluralistic »

If you think that some companies want to make money the honest way, by selling you stuff, while other companies are full of evil wizards who want to spy on you in order to deprive you of free will, then the answer is simple: just pay for stuff, and you’ll be fine.

But time and again, we learn that companies spy on you – and abuse you in other ways – whenever it suits them – even companies that make a lot of noise about how they don’t need to spy on you to make money. If a company has the power to abuse you – because of lock-in, or because someone else is making you use it – and if the company can make money by abusing you, it will abuse you.

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