Congressional Hearings for Wi-Spy and Secret NSA Ties May Be in Store for Google

Written by on February 5, 2011 in Cyber Security, Spying and Surveillance with 1 Comment
Congressional Hearings for Wi-Spy and Secret NSA Ties May Be in Store for Google

The "All-Seeing" Eye of Google?

(Santa Monica, CA)  According to Consumerwatchdog.org a deal between the Attourney General of Connecticut and Google result in Congressional hearings related to Google’s “Wi-Spy” scandal.   Google admitted that their street view cars acquired private user data including lists of web pages visited, email communications, and possibly other information but has yet to give the Attorney General of Connecticut any idea as to exactly what it was gathering.

The Consumer Watchdog website posted the following questions to be answered by Schmidt:

  • Why did Google collect data from Wi-Fi networks in the first place?
  • What did Google plan to do with this data?
  • Who was overseeing this project?
  • Who at Google had access, did analysis, or viewed the data and for what purpose?
  • If the data was collected “accidentally,” why was Google seeking a patent on the data collection process?
  • Can Google ensure us this won’t happen again?
  • How many Americans’ private data had been collected?
  • What kind of information got collected?  Passwords, email, financial data, medical records, searches, videos, and more?

A letter was sent Darrell Issa, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform committee, to investigate the “questionable, secretive” association between Google and the National Security Agency or NSA.  This brings into question quite a conflict of interest as the NSA has unlimited code breaking technology and Google is collecting all the private data from the street and could potentially hand it over to the NSA.

John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s director of the Inside Google Project, stated, “The details of the biggest privacy breach in history shouldn’t be settled in secret.  He continued, “This makes it clear why Google CEO Eric Schmidt needs to testify under oath before Congress about Wi-Spy.”

Consumer Watchdog vows to monitor the privacy policies of Facebook, Microsoft, Google and any other company that consumes mass quantities of private data.

Source(s): consumerwatchdog.org (wi-spy), consumerwatchdog.org (nsa)

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