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During the entire period of time the author discusses, most of your critical information has been stored in proprietary, walled gardens: your health records, financial transactions, telephone communication records, etc.

If anything, it is getting worse. For example, if one has a cable "triple play" package: all of your web surfing, phone calls & SMS, and television viewing history is recorded and owned by one company.

The fact that the edge devices are "open" is moot.

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