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Google's Reported Link to National Security Agency Alarms Privacy Watchdogs

Posted by on May. 26, 2010 at 9:22 AM
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By Joseph Abrams

 - FOXNews.com

Internet privacy watchdogs are warning of risks posed by a reported security relationship between the National Security Agency and Google, which has collected reams of sensitive information about its users.

After Chinese hackers tore Google a new cyberhole in December, the tech titan reportedly looked to an unlikely source for help: the ultra-secretive National Security Agency, better known for tapping phones than patching security holes for private companies.

The connection has raised the antennae of Internet privacy experts, who now are warning of the possible risks posed by the close and as-yet undefined ties between the world's top cybersurveillance agency and a corporate behemoth that has amassed more sensitive data about its users than most personal diaries.

"We're very concerned about what information Google is sharing with the NSA," said Greg Nojeim, a senior counsel with the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Nojeim is part of a chorus of watchdogs barking at Google to open up about the reported deal, which the company sought after hackers tried to break into the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists in a "highly sophisticated" blast that hit at least 20 other large businesses.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/02/18/privacy-watchdogs-blast-google-link-nsa/

So have any of you heard about this? My son just mentioned that something was going on with google. 

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by on May. 26, 2010 at 9:22 AM
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by Group Owner on May. 26, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Here's another article about this topic. Hum....

Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks

By Ellen Nakashima
Thursday, February 4, 2010

The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity.

Under an agreement that is still being finalized, the National Security Agency would help Google analyze a major corporate espionage attack that the firm said originated in China and targeted its computer networks, according to cybersecurity experts familiar with the matter. The objective is to better defend Google -- and its users -- from future attack.

Google and the NSA declined to comment on the partnership. But sources with knowledge of the arrangement, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the alliance is being designed to allow the two organizations to share critical information without violating Google's policies or laws that protect the privacy of Americans' online communications. The sources said the deal does not mean the NSA will be viewing users' searches or e-mail accounts or that Google will be sharing proprietary data.

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