Google’s Schmidt Calls NSA Spying ‘Outrageous’

Among the many National Security Agency revelations that have come about over the past two weeks, one of the most important was information suggesting that the government agency spied on data being sent between data centers operated by Google and by Yahoo. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said in an interview Monday that if true, the NSA's actions are "outrageous" and possibly criminal.

While it is not technically proven so far, Schmidt and others are assuming that the NSA did spy on Google's data centers. With the NSA tapping phone lines and even spying on foreign officials, it is no longer difficult to believe the agency would behave in the same way towards a tech company in the U.S.

Potentially Illegal

Far more information would be necessary, along with some proof, before legal action could be taken against the NSA. However, that has not stopped Google from taking a stand against the agency based upon reports released by a former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden.

"It's really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers, if that's true," Schmidt said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. "The steps that the organization was willing to do without good judgment to pursue its mission and potentially violate people's privacy, it's not OK. The Snowden revelations have assisted us in understanding that it's perfectly possible that there are more revelations to come."

Despite a lack of hard evidence against the NSA or the Obama administration, Google is filing complaints with both. At the very least, Google wants it to be known that it is not complicit in NSA spying.

Many Complaints

Schmidt and his fellow Google executives may be some of the first tech industry officials to criticize the NSA, but others around the world have already done so. Late last month, it was...

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