Google and the NSA. It is hard to imagine a more potent—or frightening—combination when it comes to the collection and safety of Americans' private information.
But just such an alliance is underway. As reported by the Washington Post, Google—the world’s largest search engine company with access to intimate details of our lives—is negotiating an electronic surveillance deal with the National Security Agency (NSA)—the world’s largest spying network.
The implications of this deal are very troubling. The NSA—a component of the Department of Defense—is an intelligence collection agency with few effective checks against abuse and no public oversight of its activities. In the last decade, the NSA’s vast dragnet of suspicionless surveillance has targeted everyday Americans, in violation of the law and the Constitution.
Speak out and stop this dangerous partnership before it’s finalized. Tell Google CEO Eric Schmidt that you strongly object to any deal with the NSA.
We don’t want the NSA anywhere near all the sensitive information Google has about our lives.
The specific terms of the proposed deal are very unsettling. Google announced that they're asking the NSA to find "vulnerabilities."
What assurances do we have that a spy organization like the NSA would fix the holes they find and won’t instead use them to tap into our personal data? Cybersecurity for the American people should not be handed over to a military spy agency that has a history of secretly exploiting vulnerabilities, not fixing them.
Google needs to know that you do not want this deal to go through. Send a message to CEO Eric Schmidt that Google shouldn't be exposing its security vulnerabilities to a military spy organization like the NSA. Send a message to Google and speak out against a deal with the NSA.
Please act today before this dangerous collaboration goes a single step further.