Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Network Security
Tame your scariest paperwork. Find Out How
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Google
Google's Schmidt Calls NSA Spying 'Outrageous'

By Seth Fitzgerald
November 4, 2013 2:28PM

    Bookmark and Share
"It's really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers, if that's true," said Google Executive Chairman Eric 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."
 



Among the many National Security Agency revelations that have come about over the past two weeks, one of the most important was information suggesting that the government agency spied on data being sent between data centers operated by Google and by Yahoo. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said in an interview Monday that if true, the NSA's actions are "outrageous" and possibly criminal.

While it is not technically proven so far, Schmidt and others are assuming that the NSA did spy on Google's data centers. With the NSA tapping phone lines and even spying on foreign officials, it is no longer difficult to believe the agency would behave in the same way towards a tech company in the U.S.

Potentially Illegal

Far more information would be necessary, along with some proof, before legal action could be taken against the NSA. However, that has not stopped Google from taking a stand against the agency based upon reports released by a former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden.

"It's really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers, if that's true," Schmidt said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. "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."

Despite a lack of hard evidence against the NSA or the Obama administration, Google is filing complaints with both. At the very least, Google wants it to be known that it is not complicit in NSA spying.

Many Complaints

Schmidt and his fellow Google executives may be some of the first tech industry officials to criticize the NSA, but others around the world have already done so. Late last month, it was revealed that the NSA had spied on the personal cell phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This revelation was only one of many incriminating assertions, which have angered both U.S. friends and enemies globally.

"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," said the NSA, in response to these reports.

Unfortunately, the claims made by the NSA suggesting that it follows all applicable laws, do not mean much to the average citizen. Prior to the Snowden revelations, most people knew little about the NSA's espionage. At this point, it is safe to say we still do not know the full extent to which the NSA spies on foreigners or Americans. Even with the limited knowledge we have, it already appears as though the NSA is pushing the boundaries of "legal."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Mark John:

Posted: 2013-11-06 @ 9:56am PT
NSA has done massive damage to the US TECH industry. I have nothing to hide, but just like in the mid 90's Crypto Wars, have taken action because I value my rights:

Cell phone -->canceled data bundle (flip phone)
Gmail -->deleted account. Local mail and calender
Air Gap and PGP --->installed
Cloud -->No thanks
Facebook -->deleted
Linkedin -->deleted
Full disk encryption -->installed

Funny thing is don't miss any of it.

Hypogooglecrite:

Posted: 2013-11-05 @ 2:10pm PT
oh, please, and Google's spying on the public is not outrageous?

Brandt Hardin:

Posted: 2013-11-04 @ 6:30pm PT
The dystopian fantasies of yesteryear are now a reality. We’ve allowed the coming of an age where the civil liberties our forefathers fought so hard for are being eroded by the day. Freedom of Press, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly are mere ghostly images of their original intent. We’ve woken up to an Orwellian Society of Fear where anyone is at the mercy of being labeled a terrorist for standing up for rights we took for granted just over a decade ago. Read about how we’re waging war against ourselves at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/living-in-society-of-fear-ten-years.html





 Network Security
1.   Tor Working To Fix Security Exploit
2.   Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
3.   Dropbox for Business Boosts Security
4.   Hackers Breached StubHub Accounts
5.   Banks Hit by Android-Skirting Malware


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security
Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig
Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
 
Tablet Giants Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat
When a company saturates its home market with a once-hot product, expect it to pump up efforts elsewhere. Apple, for its part, is now pushing iPads to big corporations and the enterprise market.
 
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
T-Mobile Calls 'BS' on AT&T's New Promotion
While Verizon Wireless is moving to throttle bandwidth hogs, a scrappy T-Mobile is taking on the giants with a limited-time promotion it hopes will drive up the churn rates of its wireless rivals.
 
Microsoft Update to Windows Phone 8.1 Already Coming
An update to Windows Phone 8.1 is on the way just weeks after the release of the product itself. Microsoft has begun detailing some of the update features to phone manufacturers.
 
Stanford Researchers Report Battery Breakthrough
Stanford researchers have found a way to use lithium in a battery's anode, a breakthrough that could triple capacity and has been described as the "holy grail of battery science."
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.