The proposed Google and National Security Agency partnership is supposed to protect Google from cyber attacks, according to the Washington Post, but that seemingly innocent explanation has some freighting ramifications, according to ACLU National. Here is what the ACLU said in an article on their Blog of Rights:
The NSA -- a component of the Department of Defense -- is an intelligence collection agency with few effective checks against abuse, and no public oversight of its activities. The NSA sucks up the equivalent of the contents of the Library of Congress every six to eight hours, every single day. In the last decade, the NSA's dragnet, suspicionless surveillance has targeted everyday Americans, in violation of the law and the Constitution.
To lean more about NSA spying, download our fact sheet on "America's Surveillance Society".
The ACLU also notes that if companies like Google think they need the government's help to secure their networks, then a civilian agency needs to step up to the task:
Cybersecurity for the American people should not be handed over to a military spy agency, one that is insulated from public oversight and has a history of secretly exploiting vulnerabilities, rather than fixing them.
Concerned? You can take action today by sending a letter to Google, letting them know that you object to such a deal and value your privacy online.
Check out PC World's article: ACLU Objects to Reported Google Partnership with NSA.