the National Security Agency for spying on the company.
Schmidt filed complaints with the NSA, President Barack Obama and
members of Congress after learning the agency allegedly peeked at
Google’s data, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“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,”
Schmidt told the Journal.
“The Snowden revelations have assisted us in understanding that it’s
perfectly possible that there are more revelations to come,” Schmidt
Those revelations include post-Snowden leaks of corporate espionage by
the U.S. government in the past year.
“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,” Schmidt told the Journal.
Not everyone shares Schmidt’s concerns for privacy. Rep. Mike Rogers
(R-Mich.), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, has grown
accustomed to the NSA’s laissez-faire attitude towards surveillance
overreach. In an exchange with an American University law professor,
Rogers argued that “you can’t have your privacy violated if you don’t
know your privacy is violated, right?” Law humor blog Lowering the Bar
picked it up from there and ran with it.
A quip from the post: “So the fact that no one has complained about
their privacy being violated means that no one’s privacy is being
violated, and if they aren’t complaining because they don’t know it’s
being violated then they have nothing to complain about, do they?”
George Orwell was prescient, Big brother is out there and listening to
everything you say. Just because you are paranoid, it doesn’t mean
they are not out to get you.
Be afraid. Be very afraid!. — Mace
Mace J. Yampolsky is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, 625
South Sixth St., Las Vegas, NV 89101; He can be reached at: Phone
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