Intellipedia: Google Partners With NSA, CIA on Intelligence Database
Google Partners With NSA, CIA on Intelligence Database
Google is selling storage and data searching equipment to U.S. Intelligence agencies giving them the power to create internal searches of government data.
There are three levels of information available to users:
According to numbers provided by the CIA, 37,000 accounts have been established providing access to 200,000 pages of information. Google supplies the software, hardware and tech support. The software and browsing giant is also licensing its mapping data to government agencies.
Federal agencies are not the only government groups lining up for the Google’s know how.
The U.S. Coast Guard, The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Highway Safety Administration and the states of Washington and Alabama have also signed up for similar Google systems.
Google’s transactions with the intelligence community have raised privacy concerns.
Questioned by CNET earlier this year, both Google and Microsoft declined to say if they have provided their users private data to federal authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act – President Bush‘s warrantless wiretapping program.
In general email and Internet data are not subject to the same privacy rules that wire, telephone and radio transmissions are.
Google told CNET:
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