Let’s face it. Nothing is private. If you think it is then you might just be an idiot. Sorry to be so blunt but the latest news regarding the NSA and Google (along with Yahoo) makes it pretty clear that nothing is private. Now whether you care about that is another issue because many don’t and that’s their prerogative.
The Washington Post (is this Jeff Bezos impacting the ‘reporting’ already?) tells us the brutal truth.
The NSA, working with its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), secretly taps into the internal networks of Yahoo and Google, the two biggest Internet companies by overall data traffic. The operation intercepts information flowing between the enormous data centers that those companies maintain around the world. In general, Google and Yahoo use privately owned or leased lines to synchronize their data centers.
Since a picture can say so much more take a look at this graphic describing how Google gets gamed by the NSA.
Now if you want to see the handmade drawing that apparently sent two Googler’s into a fit of techno rage this is the one which is also from the Post.
Google is trying to make sure it doesn’t appear implicit in this activity.
In a statement, Google’s chief legal officer, David Drummond, said the company has “long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping” and has not provided the government with access to its systems.
“We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform,” he said.
At this point what’s it matter who is in on this and who isn’t? It’s being done and we, in the process, are getting it done to us. Doesn’t matter really so you need to make up your mind as to whether you want the government to know everything you do online then you keep going right on your merry way. Otherwise, you need to go old school, underground but even then it might be hard to hide.
What’s your desire in this mess? Does it matter to you or is it just the way it is?