Friday, November 01, 2013

Blog 8: Angry Over U.S. Survellievne, Tech Giants Bolster Defenses


Google is one of the most popular websites that people use in order to search the web, and help them solve daily problems in life. However Google has created a big mess, as they have saled out their customers private information without any consent. It seems now as though Google cannot be trusted. Google has invested their time and money for months on encrypting emails, searching queries and other information through their data. This is all a result of how far the government has gone with invading internet user’s privacy, and even sneaking around tech companies without their knowledge or cooperation to get into their systems. This all started off as a public relations predicament for America’s technology, however instead it has turned into a moral and business crisis. Google’s chief legal officer made a statement that has gone pretty far in the tech company publicly; “We have long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping,” he said. “We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone.” Google is now trying to improve its system by building fiber-optic lines through which the data flows. Through this data, it controls them, making it harder for intruders to tap in on their system. Tech companies often feel like they are playing a game with intruders, trying to stay one step ahead of them at all time, and keep them as outsiders. Google has now started to change its security keys, which unlock encrypted digital data so it is readable, every few weeks. A sense of betrayal runs through the increasingly frequent conversations between tech company lawyers and lawmakers and law enforcement in Washington, and in private conversations among engineers at the companies and increasingly outspoken public statements by executives.


After reading this article it is really disturbing to see how our society has no respect for each other. Our privacy is something that we own, and yet we still seem to have companies using us for their own benefits. This sort of thing is a blatant violation of our human rights. If this is done behind our backs, and not of our consent then it should not be done. Although Google seems to have been shocked by this as well, it still may affect the amount of users they have from here on out. With this being said I think it is important that when people began to use the internet, they should always be aware of the intruders that are looking at what they are searching every step of the way.
Courtney Brown
2:30 pm
1 November 2013

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