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The US Court of Appeals in Washington upheld a lower court decision that said the NSA need not confirm or deny any relationship with Google, because its governing statutes allow it keep such information secret.
The ruling came in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from a public interest group, which said the public has a right to know about any spying on citizens.
The partnership strikes at the core of one of the most sensitive issues for the government and private industry in the evolving world of cybersecurity: how to balance privacy and national security interests. On Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair called the Google attacks, which the company acknowledged in January, a "wake-up call." Cyberspace cannot be protected, he said, without a "collaborative effort that incorporates both the U.S. private sector and our international partners."
"The critical question is: At what level will the American public be comfortable with Google sharing information with NSA?" said Ellen McCarthy, president of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, an organization of current and former intelligence and national security officials that seeks ways to foster greater sharing of information between government and industry.
Originally posted by DinkyPinky
From what I've read, that's really "small potatoes." Privacy? We have no privacy anymore. There are all kinds of ways that we can, and likely are being monitored.
Does anyone use Facebook, email accounts, cell phones, home phones, bank cards, credit cards, banking accounts...? They are all ways we can be monitored. Ah, but you might say something like "The Constitution forbids it," It sure does. Trouble is, our government hasn't given a flip about that for years.
It's actually fairly widely known that Google is "in bed with" the government.
Originally posted by hadriana
I wonder what the NSA thinks of all these people googling Ron Paul?
(Sorry, I just had to say it, been thinking it ever since this story broke.)
Originally posted by rebellender
how many people need to monitor people? I mean what does it take to analyze every single person with a pc?