On our Oct. 30 episode, we talked about how Brazil is considering a law that would force internet companies to keep the data they gather “within” the country, “inside” the country.
Well, yesterday came disturbing reports that the NSA secretly broke into the main links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world. They have actually partnered up with the British equivalent of the NSA for the project, known as “Muscular.”
In the 30 days before the leaked report was created in January of this year, Muscular collected over 180 million pieces of data.
All this in addition to the PRISM program that is alleged to legally force tech companies like Google and Yahoo to turn over data that matches the NSA’s court-approved search terms. After the latest news broke, the NSA released a statement, reading in part:
“NSA applies Attorney-General-approved processes to protect the privacy of U.S> persons – minimizing the likelihood of their information in our targeting, collection, processiong, exploitation, retention and dissemination.”
And Google, who has complied with the PRISM program, is positively pissed off about Muscular. In a statement, Google’s chief legal officer David Drummond said, “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.”