|Google Finally Outraged About NSA Spying Program
By: Jessica Cherok
There are probably more than a few people finding hilarity in Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt’s outrage upon learning that the NSA had been spying on the company’s data centers. See, Schmidt — at least up until a couple of days ago — hasn’t been the biggest advocate for Internet privacy.
Some of Schmidt’s most controversial statements came in 2009, when he stated in a CNBC interview, “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” He was responding to questions regarding Google’s privacy policies, which have been at the center of global controversy for the past several years.
In addition to the above, Schmidt has made numerous other somewhat controversial statements about the amount of information Google collects and what it being done with it. However, in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Schmidt seems to have changed his tune. In light of NSA surveillance of Google’s data centers, Schmidt replied:
"It's really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers, if that's true. 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. It's just not OK.”
This coming from a company who has faced lawsuits over Gmail and Google Street View, as well as privacy violations in the EU.
Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Apple recently sent a letter to Congress asking for government reform of the NSA’s surveillance programs to allow for more transparency.
Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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