PressTV – Google, Yahoo back doors to US intel agencies: Ex-security official

English: Graph of internet users per 100 inhab...

English: Graph of internet users per 100 inhabitants between 1997 and 2007 by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recreated in OpenOffice Calc, source: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Richard A. Falkenrath, a former US Deputy Homeland Security Advisor, said in a Tuesday interview with Bloomberg television that the “US government has too much access to the privacy” of Internet users. He said revelations by the famous whistleblower Edward Snowden “make clear how extensive are the powers of the US government to tap into” Internet, telecommunications and computer systems.Falkenrath said such companies as Google, Apple and Twitter “are by large US-based, US-chartered companies and have had historically super-close ties with the US government.” “The US has a sort of leg-up on everybody in their ability to get in and make use of it,” he added. Falkenrath said the progress in information technology IT and computer servers has in recent years been significantly beyond the imagination of US policymakers.He said confidential documents have recently revealed that the US government and its intelligence organizations have extensive access to the encoded data and communications of people through companies providing email services.


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