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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Google + NSA?

The Washington Post writes:

The world’s largest Internet search company and the world’s most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity.

Under an agreement that is still being finalized, the National Security Agency would help Google analyze a major corporate espionage attack that the firm said originated in China and targeted its computer networks, according to cybersecurity experts familiar with the matter. The objective is to better defend Google – and its users – from future attack.

The Washington Post’s sources say “the alliance is being designed to allow the two organizations to share critical information without violating Google’s policies or laws that protect the privacy of Americans’ online communications.”

Aren’t partnerships a two way street, though? What if the NSA comes knocking on Google’s door asking for help next time?


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