Is Google Spying On Us?
Is Google spying on us? Is the Obama administration giving Google special access to a private NASA airstrip? Why hasn’t Google been investigated for “spying” people in over 30 countries? These are some of the questions a group known as the Consumer Watchdog is asking. They recently posted an open letter to the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee calling into question the Obama administration’s “cozy” relationship with Google.
Here are some of the accusations from the letter:
The group says Google has “unique access to Moffett Field near Google’s headquarters, where a fleet of jets and helicopters stands ready to serve Google executives.” While the company does pay for that access, Consumer Watchdog believes the fee may be below market value, and NASA has denied similar airport access to other companies, including a non-profit humanitarian group.
Federal agencies have taken “insufficient” action in response to revelations last year that Google Street View cars collected data from open Wi-Fi connections they passed while snapping pictures in “more than 30 countries” (which the group calls the “Wi-Spy” debacle).
So what’s the point of the letter and report?
“Google’s held itself to be the company that says its motto is, ‘don’t be evil,’ and they also advocate openness for everyone else,” the Consumer Watchdog group told PC World. “We’re trying to hold them to their own word.”
You can download a PDF of the Consumer Watchdog's letter here, and draw your own conclusions.