Earlier this week, Corky Siemaszko, a writer for the New York Daily News, released an article on the latest in the privacy battle raging across the web. In this article, Siemaszko reported that Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt has been in direct contact with members of Congress, as well as President Obama after reading reports from the infamous NSA leaker, Edward Snowden.
According to Snowden’s information, the NSA allegedly hacked Google’s data centers, as well as Yahoo’s data centers, capturing approximately 180 million records over 30 days earlier this year. In particular, Schmidt called for a balance between privacy and security, saying: “It's really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers, if that's true. There clearly are cases where evil people exist, but you don't have to violate the privacy of every single citizen of America to find them,” in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal.
The NSA responded to Schmidt’s outrage with the following statement: “The NSA conducts all of its activities in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies and assertions to the contrary do a grave disservice to the nation, its allies and partners, and the men and women who make up the National Security Agency.”
To read Siemaszko’s full article, please visit the site here.