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Aren't there plenty of such US & European companies as well? Palantir's security/government work especially for foreign entities probably falls square within this realm.

Unless they have a separate program that no one has ever reported on, Palantir is a data analysis platform, not a data collection one like NSO Group is alleged to do.

See, e.g. https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2018-palantir-peter-thiel...

"The company’s engineers and products don’t do any spying themselves; they’re more like a spy’s brain, collecting and analyzing information that’s fed in from the hands, eyes, nose, and ears."

Bloomberg describes them as a data mining company.

It's named after omniscient crystal balls.

The CIA’s investment arm, In-Q-Tel, was a seed investor.

Do you truly believe they don't collect data?

I am 100% sure that somewhere in the US government, a bunch of contractors are working on data collection tools. The Shadowbrokers and Snowden make that clear. I doubt that Palantir is doing it- there has never been any allegations of that, and almost all public articles on them make clear that they specialize in the analysis side. They are sexy enough- you know their name and would definitely click on a link with them in the headline- that I bet it would come out.

My guesses would start with Booz Allen Hamilton (who has had two notable people on NSA contracts: Snowden and Harold Martin) for where the data collection tools come from.

Look at https://www.thenation.com/article/five-corporations-now-domi...

Five companies dominate USG intelligence contracting, and Palantir isn't on the list: Leidos, CACI, SAIC, Booz Allen, and CSRA. One or more of those companies do provide data collection tools to the government, I'm certain. They are boring companies that no one really cares about, and you would never click on a link about Leidos, so that's where it's happening.

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