Well this is, ugh, mildly unsettling. In an effort to “build better defenses” for the information it holds about millions of private citizens around the world, Google is partnering with America’s largest and most secretive spy agency. Wait, WHAT?”
In January, Google announced that hackers believed to be Chinese had targeted its source code to infiltrate the email accounts of human rights activists. Concerned, they have apparently turned to the NSA for help in warding off the dastardly Chinese nerds.
Reports the Washington Post:
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.
Well that certainly sounds innocent enough, right? Yeah, well, Matthew Aid, an expert on the NSA, thinks the whole thing is kinda-sorta shady.
“When you rise to the level of Google . . . you’re looking at a company that has taken great pride in its independence,” said Aid, author of “The Secret Sentry,” a history of the NSA. “I’m a little uncomfortable with Google cooperating this closely with the nation’s largest intelligence agency, even if it’s strictly for defensive purposes.”
So does this mean the government will know how many “grow your penis” emails I get everyday, not to mention the subtle internet marketing techniques Playboy magazine employs to get me to look at boobs? Great.