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Except that the government has a monopoly on force. If a private company harms you, there are often civil and potentially criminal concequences. If the government uses your private data against you and violates your rights, who do you turn to?



> If a private company harms you, there are often civil and potentially criminal concequences.

It is really difficult to sue a company that has a team of lawyers while you are a individual just trying to get by, esp. if said private company did something that really disrupts your life, like wrongly foreclosing on your home or wrongly firing you.


1) It's unequivocally bad if the government spies on its citizens.

2) Some people manage to obtain justice when they are wronged. Often it's just not that easy.




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