I wonder how many are willing to trust Google’s cloud with their documents and use their online tools given all this.
In the ruling issued Friday, the [DC Circuit] court decided that the National Security Agency doesn’t need to either confirm or deny its relationship with Google in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, ruling that a FOIA exemption covers any documents whose exposure might hinder the NSA’s national security mission.
After all, the NSA has two roles, both as the government’s top cybersecurity defenders and, more troublingly for its relationship with a Silicon Valley firm that has enormous troves of users’ personal information, as its most powerful surveillance arm.
The ruling comes as controversy has been growing around the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a bill that passed the House last month in a form that would allow private firms like Google to share a wide range of information with government agencies like the NSA for cybersecurity reasons, as well as other vague purposes like computer “crime” and even “the protection of individuals from the danger of death or serious bodily harm.”
Google, unlike practically every other major tech firm, has yet to take a stance on that bill or the similar cybersecurity legislation now being considered in the Senate.