Does Google Have The Right To Battle NSA Over Customer Rights

Google Vs. NSA

[custom_frame_left] google vs nsa [/custom_frame_left] Google is a giant compared to most companies; they have more money and resources than just about company does. That does not concern most people. What concerns the United States government, and in particular, the National Security Agency (NSA) is the amount of information Google has and what could be done with the applications that they make open to the public. That concerns everyone. Here are a few of the things about which the NSA and Google are concerned: [custom_list style=”list-1″]
  • Google Earth is a mapping system with images taken from satellite orbit. It is one of Google’s most popular applications.
  • Google servers could (and probably do) hold key information hidden in communications between terrorists
  • According to Google, which releases revealing reports of the requests regularly, the NSA goes overboard in its demand for information in NSLs, or National Security Letters.

Google Fights Back In Legal Fashion

The NSA has issued numerous NSLs which should force Google to hand over documentation on any information included in the letters. Google turned around and implemented one of the rights few companies have ever dared to enforce. It filed a sealed petition in court to set aside the legality of the letters through Title 18’s section 2709. It is not known how many others have tried and failed.  

Taking A Much Closer look

Google Earth is the most comprehensive mapping system the world has ever known. If you have ever used it, you know that you can see yourself waving an American flag from your front lawn if you happened to be doing so when the satellite passed over. Could the imaging device that is free for all to use worldwide be used to launch a direct attack on vital places in the U.S. or any other country? [custom_frame_center] google earth street view [/custom_frame_center]

Watch What You Say in Emails

Google is by far and wide one of the best-known internet browsers on the planet. It is also one of the biggest. Is it likely that terrorists are using it right now to plot against Americans wherever they are? It is, and the NSA wants to know what is being said, plus where, when, why, and every other scrap of information that they can get their hands upon. Most people agree that it is a good idea to monitor this kind of activity. The United States Constitution disagrees. We do have the right to privacy, but the question is: will that right destroy us in the end?  

As The Battle Wages On

Google has responded to the NSA on their own terms by insisting that all information above what is legal to obtain be released through proper channels with court involvement. As the battle wages on, Google released detailed information on what activities the NSA has participated in and the lengths that it will go to procure the information they want. Very often, this information is on private citizens who have done nothing but typed a few key words and phrases into a poorly conceived email. Google claims it is trying to protect the privacy to its customers but will concede to a point as long as it is a legal one. They have released what the law of the land says that they legally can.  

Would You Pull The Plug On Google Earth

As far as Google Earth is concerned, Google states that anyone can get the same information and satellite images from a number of legal resources. It has made images of important and vital target spots fuzzy so possible terrorist cannot see details of the White-house or places where our president is known to frequent. Does this mean that Google should shut down what has become a very popular and useful tool? What about the other tools that show satellite imagery of earth, should they also be disconnected and kept for sole use of government agencies around the world?  

A Very Slippery Slope

The NSA wants private information that should be protected; however, they want it for a very good reason… in theory. Google has the power to protect the rights of its users, but to a point. Who is right and who is wrong? That is a question that each of us has to answer among ourselves and then take up with our local and federal officials.