Google's Schmidt: NSA Spying 'Outrageous'
Agency head refutes reports
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 4, 2013 7:15 AM CST
Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google, participates in the panel discussion "The Pulse of Today's Global Economy" at the Clinton Global Initiative, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – Google's executive chairman is weighing in on reports that the NSA hacked reams of data from his company and Yahoo: "It's really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers, if that's true," Eric Schmidt tells the Wall Street Journal. What's more, "The NSA allegedly collected the phone records of 320 million people in order to identify roughly 300 people who might be a risk. It's just bad public policy ... and perhaps illegal." Google has registered complaints with the NSA, White House, and members of Congress, he says.

  • NSA Director General Keith Alexander is also responding to the report, per Time. "This is not the NSA breaking into any databases. It would be illegal for us to do that," Alexander says. "I can tell you factually we do not have access to Google servers, Yahoo servers. We go through a court order. We issue that court order to them through the FBI."
  • During a public speech in Baltimore last week, Alexander said NSA surveillance programs "were developed to defend this country," but that "I am not wedded to these programs. If we can come up with a better way of doing them, we should, period," he said, per the Baltimore Sun.
  • Meanwhile, Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and AOL have written to top lawmakers, including judiciary committee head Patrick Leahy, arguing that "government surveillance practices should ... be reformed" to boost privacy, accountability, and oversight. They also want to "counter erroneous reports" suggesting they allow officials to probe their servers directly, Bloomberg reports.

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Observer
Nov 6, 2013 3:00 PM CST
Funny that this gets print. Schmidt is so far up the CIAs ass. He's just like any other stainless steel anal probe. (Pot calling the kettle black.)
Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 5, 2013 8:11 PM CST
Yes, its terrible. Someone who knows when you pay bills, what kind of car you like, what your favorite teams are, your credit cards, you vacation plans, your business travel plans, your address and important personal information, when you did your taxes and possible how much of a return you are going to get or how much you paid. Someone who knows where you work, your schedule, your route if you use online 3g navigation, your favorite lunch spots, which clubs in which you belong, your church, religion, and politics. Yes, Google knows all these things about you because of your online activity and their passive and active cookies and online tracking through their frame relays.
Jon Q. Publix
Nov 4, 2013 2:43 PM CST
Google has registered complaints with the NSA, White House, and members of Congress... As they say, the chicken who crows is the one who laid the egg. Google is scared that they will be implicated in cooperating with the NSA.