With the continuous news provided by Edward Snowden, it has been revealed that the National Security Agency has broken into main communication links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world. With the access to these data centers, the NSA basically has access to millions of user accounts all over the US. Even though the NSA does not keep everything it collects, the NSA has certainly violated many peoples’ privacy through the infiltration of accounts.
Personally, I am a bit conscious of using my Gmail account because of the news. Though I do not really know what they would be looking at in my email account, it still freaks me out that a huge government agency is doing this.
Also, because the news have revealed this info, will Google and Yahoo step up their security measures? I think they have to. There is just no way that Google or Yahoo should be taking this news lightly. Surely both companies will find a way to stop the NSA from pushing them around. I understand that it must be intimidating to go up against a government agency, but something has to be done about the NSA.
In the article, both Yahoo and Google responded, and they confirm that they did not just hand info over to the NSA. Obviously, they wouldn’t betray their customers, and I am not surprised that the NSA is infiltrating these companies even though the NSA is “focused on discovering and developing intelligence about valid foreign intelligence targets only.”