|Google chief outraged by data center intrusions
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said today reports that the US government broke into the company’s data centers were “outrageous'' and potentially illegal if proved true.
He told the Wall Street Journal during a visit to Hong Kong, that Google had filed complaints with the National Security Agency, US President Barack Obama, as well as members of the US Congress.
“It's really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers if that's true. 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,'' Schmidt said.
“The NSA allegedly collected the phone records of 320 million people in order to identify roughly 300 people who might be at risk. It's just bad public policy...and perhaps illegal,'' he said, AFP reports.
“The [Edward] Snowden revelations have assisted us in understanding that it's perfectly possible that there are more revelations to come.''
A recent news report said the NSA had tapped into key communications links from Yahoo and Google data centers around the world.
The Washington Post, citing documents obtained from former NSA contractor Snowden and interviews with officials, said the program could collect data from hundreds of millions of user accounts “at will.’’ The NSA disputes key details of the report.