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37 Attorneys General Sign Google Privacy Policy Letter -- But Where's Cuccinelli?

by: kindler

Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 13:25:03 PM EST


Attorney General Cuccinelli is nothing if not consistent.  The man never misses an opportunity to score points with the Tea Party crowd, even when it means going to the extreme of assaulting the Commonwealth's most prominent university until getting laughed out of the state Supreme Court.  

But when it comes to using the considerable powers of his office to actually help Virginia consumers?  Then Cuccinelli is harder to find than an ivory-billed woodpecker.  You can almost randomly choose an issue of real concern to everyday Virginians and you're guaranteed to find our Ayatollah General missing in action.

So today, let's pick -- on-line privacy.  Recently, under the auspices of the National Association of Attorney Generals, 37 AGs signed a letter to Google expressing concern that its new privacy policy "forces...consumers to allow information across all these products to be shared, without giving them the proper opportunity to opt out."

This strongly worded letter properly sends a message to an immensely powerful corporation that it needs to take the interests and concerns of consumers seriously.  But it is not just signed by Democratic AGs or those from more progressive Northern or West Coast states.   The list includes the AGs of North Carolina, North Dakota, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and even Guam.  Just not Virginia.

kindler :: 37 Attorneys General Sign Google Privacy Policy Letter -- But Where's Cuccinelli?
So once again we are behind Mississippi and on the list of the most backwards states, thanks to a political establishment that puts corporations (and embryos) first and people dead last.  Here's just one more reason why it's time to start working to elect a new slate of leaders who'll make us proud of Virginia again -- and not just embarrassed.
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Silly Kindler (0.00 / 0)
Consumers do not make mega corporate campaign contributions. I am sure Cooch sought the counsel of Eric "hedge fund" Cantor before opting out of signing the letter.  

Can we say "elections have consequences" ? And keep saying it ? (0.00 / 0)
We need to keep reminding the Va. voters every couple of months, and every couple of weeks as we get closer to the Nov. elections in 2012 AND ESPECIALLY IN 2013 why elections in Virginia have consequences.

If we can just remind the voters in Virginia which party declared war on both women and teachers this year. And do that at the right time and in a very forceful manner close the November elections, I think even moderate republicans and certainly independents will again become angry enough against the right-wing nuts to go vote against the fools who have foisted their con game off on the voters who simply weren't paying attention at the right time during the election cycles.

Voters have to become very angry to be sufficiently motivated to vote, but timing is everything. And it's up to us to remind them at the right time why they were so angry at the republicans in Congress and in the Va. General Assembly. Save those files from BV and be ready to use them again this fall and next year.

                  T.C.


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