Ken Dilanian of the L.A. Times reports on EPIC’s lawsuit to obtain documents relating to the relationship between the NSA and Google, as reported earlier today on this blog.
“As of 2009, Gmail had roughly 146 million monthly users, all of whom would be affected by any relationship between the NSA and Google,” the privacy group’s request said. “In order for the public to make meaningful decisions regarding their personal data and e-mail, it must be aware of the details of that relationship. Neither Google nor the NSA has provided information regarding their relationship.”
There probably isn’t a significant privacy concern in the NSA’s dealings with Google, said Richard Clarke, a top national security official in the Clinton and Bush administrations and author of “Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It.”
“But the easy way for Google and NSA to prove that is by letting an outside group come in and find out,” Clarke said.
Read more in the L.A. Times.