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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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RE: google
By kattanna on 11/4/2013 2:00:47 PM , Rating: 2
yeppers. Also, if I remember right, it was google+ that also stated any works you posted up on their service, like a picture, they then had license to use as they saw fit without your permission or compensation.

what I also find equally "interesting" is why the sudden outrage now? When I worked for a major ISP back in the late 90's it was well known about the government tap in the datacenter


RE: google
By Solandri on 11/4/2013 3:32:57 PM , Rating: 2
There was a flap over that when Google+ first rolled out which led Google to clarify that the permissions in the terms and conditions were only so they were authorized to serve your posts/photos/etc to you and those whom you chose to share with (or in the case of +1s and endorsements, everyone). It wasn't a blanket license for them to do anything they wanted with your data.

I use Google+ to make lower-res copies of my photos available online because they make it free for photos under 2000x2000 resolution. I made damn sure that I wasn't giving them rights to use my photos for anything they wanted before I signed up with them.

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