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The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials.
The way Google has been avoiding antitrust scrutiny by the US government - I'm just not buying the "innocent" Google here. Oh, Google somehow mistakenly collected wifi information all over the world, stored that information and is STILL keeping it, after being legally ordered to destroy it by the EU?!
I don't think we're anywhere near the bottom of this yet.
Well, the reason I'm not debating this is that I blame the US govt for a lot of this, but we're not really supposed to talk politics here.
The way Google has been avoiding antitrust scrutiny by the US government - I'm just not buying the "innocent" Google here.
The NSA is also in the business of spying on everyone, and it has realized it's far easier to collect all the data from these corporations rather than from us directly. In some cases, the NSA asks for this data nicely. In other cases, it makes use of subtle threats or overt pressure. If that doesn't work, it uses tools like national security letters.
The result is a corporate-government surveillance partnership, one that allows both the government and corporations to get away with things they couldn't otherwise. [schneier.com...]