What is gonna prevent my neighbor's kid from hacking the sandworm-slaying-axe-of-madness and bringing it online to cut me in half? Damn kid, always playing on my lawn instead of grinding his gear like a real man.
Oh and it also piss on the future buyers of twitter which will have to manage a gazillion good relations with ex-employees just to make sure the portfolio does not vanish into thin air.
Because the editors are drunk?
Why is the US pointed at as the reason for their culture loss?
Because the US is the biggest exporter of culture in the world. It's not a secret that since WWII the US understood the concept of soft power and that culture projection is a big part of it. It's good for the diplomacy, it's good for the economy (everybody wants to resemble the americans, listen to their bands, wear their gear, etc.).
It's also very annoying, mainly because it brings uniformity. And because, yes, it crushes other cultures in its path. Not willingly, more like Walmart kills small retailers.
Their argument boils down to
- They have software-building experience and processes and therefore it's not possible the code that stores/parses the unencrypted data is rogue code.
- They actually stored the data, they were not just processing it for location purposes then discarding it (as confirmed by the french agency in charge of privacy that obtained a portion of the data (article here). It's doubtful they exploited the passwords they found, though.
So they broke the law by retaining private data and they planned on doing it (their code development processes surely would have picked up the code doing the storing before production if this code was not wanted) thereby proving intent. I don't think (as the author does) that they intended to use the code for location-based advertising, but nonetheless Google must respond of its actions before the justice of the offended countries.