Because nine times out of ten, you won’t be able to afford a lawer for more than 17 seconds. And the chances of you being able to adequately defend yourself without one are zip to zero.
If, however, you have the bucks, you can hire a whiz-bang attorney — AND you’ll be treated with great deference and respect not because you’re a good person who’s been hard done by, but because you’re loaded.
You’ll be laughing all the way to and from the court house.
Ask Mark Zuckerberg.
He’s in deep, deep shit with governments and numerous international privacy organisations for messing with users’ data. But he’s still doing what he does because he can afford the best in the way of PR double-speak spinsters and sophists. And lawyers.
Now he’s “reportedly hired Tim Muris (right), the ex-chairman of the Federal Trade Commission who’s currently employed by O’Melveny & Myers, to defend its privacy practices”, says TMC Net.
“The move comes as Facebook is facing increasing scrutiny from federal authorities regarding its privacy practices”, it says.
With Cap’n Tim at the helm of the Good Ship Fa$ebook, Zuckerberg probably figures he can keep on ignoring governments and government watchdogs, such as Canada’s privacy commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart.
Can you guess who with?
The Federal Trade Commission.
“We are honored that our litigation department has been recognised again as part of this prestigious competition,” IT Pro has O’Melveny & Myers boss Arthur Culvahouse saying happily.
“We are tremendously proud of the work of our talented lawyers and especially grateful to our clients, who have provided us with the opportunity to serve them in diverse and challenging ways.”
“Diverse and challenging”.
No need to stay tuned.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
TMC Net – Facebook Hires Tim Muris, Former FTC Chair, to Defend its Privacy Practices, May 10, 2010
EPIC – New Facebook Privacy Complaint Filed with Trade Commission, May 6, 2010
protection organizations – New EPIC Facebook privacy complaint, May 6, 2010
IT Pro – Facebook is bringing out the big guns as it continues to battle privacy issues, May 10, 2010
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