vz71 . . .
I wonder how many of these constitute a threat to national security. After all, it is an open mic secretly installed in homes.
I think it IS a threat to national security.
When it will be all said and done, we will find out that Google was secretly in part financed by our Government to obtain information projects against it’s own citizens.
That is the only plausable reason I can think of, WHY the Government would allow Google to obtain this much POWER without breaking them up. (They are working together).
Now we see items in the news where Google is
“attempting to influence elections”
in the name of “fighting against influencing elections”.
And remember. Assuming these charges are true, Google IS an outsider. So it is outside (of the USA) forces attempting to influence US elections (if such charges are true)!
Google is not exclusively an American company anymore.
This all being said, people in Government politics use Google as do people in military and crime investigation.
Just because Google IS a quasi-Government outfit, does not mean it is not a national security threat.
If half of the charges I’ve seen leveled against Google are true, it is a MAJOR security threat.
If Google can be hacked (or reviewed internally), and it can, Google IS a security threat in that sphere too.
It is waaay too big and should have be broken up long ago.
The Government COULD take steps to minimize the national security risks, but due to their size, Google can put up a fight of proportions where it will hurt politicians.
This makes it even less likely this kind of reigning in of Google, is going to occur.
There are other ways the Big Corporations and the Government data mines the US citizens too.
And I talked to the head of a computer consulting firm, who told me that America isn’t the only country drag-netting information about American citizens. He said all the larger players do this but gave no details (it may have been his speculation but he’s probably correct).
Huawei has had espionage and security concerns over their hardware allowing the Chinese Government to spy on US citizens. Even our Government has raised such concerns openly.
But even with exclusively US technology hidden in our electronics, you are only one “hack” away from US citizen information being taken by foreign governments, corporations, crime cartels, etc.
But we learn via crisis it seems.
We will have to have a high-profile very public exposure at this point to get politicians (and the various justice departments) to do their job and help minimize these risks.
Wikileaks didn’t even help. It is going to have to be worse than that.
For now (breaking up and reigning in Google)?
It isn’t happening any time soon.