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Google, the giant of the Internet, thought about moving its servers out of the U.S. after the NSA debacle, said Eric Schmidt, the company's chairman, on Friday at the Paley International Council Summit in New York.
"Actually, we thought about that and there are many, many reasons why it's impossible for Google to leave the United States, although it's attractive," Schmidt said.
"But the reason it's an interesting idea is because American firms are subject to these rules, the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] rules, Patriot Act and so forth, and this government surveillance is really a problem."
"Google's position is we are outraged on this,"
It's government overreach, is the best way to explain it.
This kind of government surveillance is also a huge business risk, he said.
Because other governments do not want the U.S. breaching their citizens' data...
...they will begin to demand control over the servers of American businesses located in their country.
"If you're a member of the government from one of these countries, what are you going to do? You're going to say 'what can I do in my country to prevent this?'" he said.
"One of the great things about America is its OK to complain about this in public and we are doing so," he said. "We have taken legal actions, we have filed a lawsuit in a secret court, it's called a FISA court."
I can't imagine they'd be welcomed in very many places.
Such a hypocritical attitude coming from someone who has frequently said in public "we know what you are thinking". Evil personified.