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Google has registered complaints with the NSA, President Barack Obama and members of Congress

Reports are floating around that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on Google's data centers, and the company isn't happy about it. 

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said that the NSA's alleged spying on data centers is "outrageous" and that its strategies of pulling hundreds of millions of records to find a few hundred is "bad public policy" and even "illegal."

“It’s really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers, if that’s true," said Schmidt. "The steps that the organization was willing to do without good judgment to pursue its mission and potentially violate people’s privacy, it’s not OK. The Snowden revelations have assisted us in understanding that it’s perfectly possible that there are more revelations to come.

"The National Security Agency allegedly collected the phone records of every phone call of 320 million people in order to identify roughly 300 people who might be a risk. That’s just bad public policy…and perhaps illegal. There clearly are cases where evil people exist, but you don’t have to violate the privacy of every single citizen of America to find them."

The NSA had allegedly directly accessed communications used by Google and Yahoo to move massive amounts of email and user info in overseas data centers. 

The NSA released the following statement last week: 

“NSA conducts all of its activities in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies—and assertions to the contrary do a grave disservice to the nation, its allies and partners, and the men and women who make up the National Security Agency."

Separately, NSA Director General Keith Alexander attempted to banish the allegations by denying that the NSA is able to tap into Google and Yahoo communications. 

"I can tell you factually we do not have access to Google servers, Yahoo servers," said Alexander. "We go through a court order."

This certainly isn't the NSA's first time being accused of overstepping its boundaries. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden uncovered the spying methods used by U.S. intelligence agencies earlier this year, which included collecting data from phones. This was used to fight terrorist attacks, but the public feared for their privacy after such revelations.

In August, reports said that the NSA admitted to touching 1.6 percent of total globe Web traffic. Its technique was to filter data after harvesting it, which led to over-collection on a major scale. 
Days later, an internal audit showed that the NSA broke the law nearly 3,000 times from 2011 to 2012. More specifically, the May 2012 audit revealed that the NSA had abused its power to either accidentally or intentionally spy on Americans and green card holders 2,997 times in that time period. 
Later in September, The New York Times reported that Snowden revealed just how far the NSA will go to subvert most types of encryption, including court orders, supercomputers, technical stunts and even by working with tech companies to gain back-door access to security methods. 

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Thanks Russia?
By omgwtf8888 on 11/4/2013 12:04:29 PM , Rating: 5
It appears that our biggest patriot is currently living in Russia. As we love to tout our fore fathers and our constitution, remember that it all began by saying that the existing government was wrong. The existing government is presently wrong in trampling, not only our constitution, but the laws and rights of other countries. Snowden has called them out and has been proven to be correct. Apparently, President Obama says he didn't know about any of this. So he should thank Snowden, pardon him, and bring him home a hero.

RE: Thanks Russia?
By Jeffk464 on 11/4/2013 1:06:52 PM , Rating: 2
Ironically English speaking countries that stayed in the Commonwealth now have more democratic governments than what we have here.

RE: Thanks Russia?
By Argon18 on 11/4/2013 1:55:56 PM , Rating: 4
So let me get this straight, Obama claims he knew nothing about this, and you take his word at face value? You believe his BS? Really??

Here's what Obama has done publicly:
1. Extended and expanded the Patiot Act to allow spying on US citizens.
2. Approved drone strikes on US citizens.
3. Approved warrantless wire-tapping of US citizens.

Those are public facts. And you honestly think he didn't order the NSA to perform their spying on US Citizens?

He's playing dumb, using his "plausible deniability" card, but he's the one behind it all. Snowden is just a puppet.

RE: Thanks Russia?
By omgwtf8888 on 11/4/2013 3:33:15 PM , Rating: 4
No I do not believe the President or any member of Congress. Here is what i believe... If I provide proof to the President of the United States that the government is doing unconstitutional, illegal things, than the President should not treat me as a criminal. Rather, the President should investigate these proofs and bring the country into compliance with the law. The person bringing this information to light should be pardoned and welcomed back to his country. If anything i would put him in charge of the NSA just to make sure the people there are doing it right.

RE: Thanks Russia?
By inighthawki on 11/4/2013 3:43:11 PM , Rating: 2
Apparently, President Obama says he didn't know about any of this. So he should thank Snowden, pardon him, and bring him home a hero.

The question is whether or not he'd want to. Imagine he gets a full pardon and does come back. The NSA is just going to double up their efforts to spy on him. Every word he speaks until the day he dies will be recorded. He will have no privacy and constant 24/7 surveillance will be put on him. There's probably no scenario where he could ever come back to the US and be "free"

RE: Thanks Russia?
By ebakke on 11/4/2013 6:42:12 PM , Rating: 2
Arguably that'll happen regardless of which country he lives in.

RE: Thanks Russia?
By inighthawki on 11/4/2013 7:10:34 PM , Rating: 2
Oh no doubt, but it'll be way easier to do it from within the country ;)

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