As I previously wrote I think that punishing the companies that shamefully cooperated with the NSA by doing business elsewhere is a deserved response. These companies are AT&T, BellSouth (now owned by AT&T) and Verizon. As I hear about other proposals for responses (e.g. class action lawsuit) I am all the more convinced that a boycott is an ethical and effective response to this outrage. It doesn’t take that many customers leaving the companies over this for not only them to get the message but any other companies that might face a similar situation in the future. In this way the State can be constrained without confronting it directly.
Turning to the brighter side of this story, there was also the heroic refusal by Qwest to go along with the NSA on this despite strong pressure. It is now reported that others were either not asked or also refused to cooperate including Verizon Wireless. Most notable is T-Mobile that provided this strong statement:
[T-Mobile does not participate] in any NSA program for warrant-less surveillance and acquisition of call records, and T-Mobile has not provided any such access to communications or customer records.
Providing no denials of participation (which leads me to believe they did participate) are Cingular, Sprint Nextel and Yahoo. On the other hand, AOL, Microsoft and Google have all explicitly denied participation.
So, subject to change as new info comes in, let the honor roll be read:
- Verizon Wireless