The Internet search engine giant, Google, has partnered with the “world’s most powerful electronic surveillance organization,” according to The Washington Post. In a Feb. 4 article, The Post said Google has asked the National Security Agency to analyze a recent hack it claims originated in China and to help protect its networks.
However, civil rights groups such as the ACLU have raised serious objections to the partnership.
“The ramifications of companies like Google working with the NSA are frightening,” said Ateqah Khaki, advocacy coordinator for the ACLU’s National Security Project.
The ACLU is right to be concerned. After all, it was the NSA under the Bush administration that partnered with AT&T and Verizon to spy on the phone conversations of American citizens. Why should American’s trust the intentions of one of America’s most powerful corporations?
Even if Google’s intentions are pure, opportunities and temptations for abuse by the NSA abound. The secret agreement between NSA and Google has prompted the Electronic Information Privacy Center to submit a Freedom of Information request.