January 22, 2014

REALLY? BECAUSE IT KINDA LOOKS LIKE YOU’VE BEEN IN BED WITH THEM FOR YEARS. The Hill: Google chief Schmidt ‘literally outraged’ by NSA activities.

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was “literally outraged” when he first learned that American and British spies were tapping into the firm’s data.

In an interview with The Guardian published on Tuesday, Schmidt said he and other Google executives have “complained at great length” to the U.S. government about the National Security Agency’s surveillance efforts and have since started to encrypt internal communications.

Surveillance by the NSA and the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has raised alarms among tech company executives and privacy advocates, since the efforts were disclosed last year. Documents released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the spy agencies had gained access to fiber-optic cables connecting the world’s Internet users.

Meanwhile, I notice that there was a lot of government and media outrage over reporters guessing celebrities’ voicemail passwords, but not nearly so much demand for prosecution here. . . .