Google: Internet spying threat to freedom

posted Jun 9, 2013, 11:48 PM by Unknown user
This article was written by Times of India and posted on their website.

Google chief Larry Page branded internet spying a threat to freedom. "We understand that the US and other governments need to take action to protect their citizens' safety -- including sometimes by using surveillance," Page said in a blog post yesterday. "But the level of secrecy around the current legal procedures undermines the freedoms we all cherish."

Page put his personal stamp on the California-based internet giant's denial that it opened any doors for US intelligence agencies to mine data from its servers.

Google and other technology firms were adamant that they did not knowingly take part in a secret program called PRISM that gave the National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI back doors into servers at major internet companies.

"We have not joined any program that would give the US government or any other government direct access to our servers," Page said. "Indeed, the US government does not have direct access or a 'back door' to the information stored in our data centers," he continued. "We had not heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday."

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