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Google Caught Spying, Lying, Again!

Posted by feww on November 8, 2013

Google’s Door-to-Door Spying Plagues Brazil

Google has committed “the biggest known data protection violations in history.” —Johannes Caspar, chief of data protection office in Hamburg, Germany.

Google’s Street View Program enables the company access to private Wi-Fi networks, intercepting personal data.

Street View Program is a KNOWN method for spying on the public. Given their record of mass deception, Google must be harvesting data via other means in addition to the NSA route.

Brazilian judges have given the U.S. Internet Goliath until Saturday to hand over private data collected through its Street View program, according to reports.

The decision by a court in Brasilia follows a complaint lodged by the Brazilian Institute of Computer Policy and Rights, said reports.

Google has photographed Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and other major Brazilian cities.

Google is shaken but not stirred, so to speak, because the maximum fine for failure to comply with the court order is just $500,000.

Google has denied any link to the mass surveillance programs conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA), which is done on behalf of corporate America(!)

NSA targets for cyber-surveillance in Brazil included President Dilma Rousseff, and the state-run energy giant Petrobras, as well as tens of millions of ordinary Brazilians.

Whereas NSA is on record for admitting to large scale collection of metadata, Google’s surveillance programs include contents, physical addresses and just about every bit and byte of information transmitted through Wi-Fi and cable networks.

Google’s data collection programs run directly in at least 72 countries,  and indirectly in dozens of other countries through the NSA and others.

“Google and other leading tech companies have expressed opposition to the creation of Brazil-based databases of local customer information, as proposed by Brasilia in a bid to combat foreign spying,” said a report.

Google was fined $7.0m for collecting people’s personal data without permission in 38 US states, earlier this year,

As a part of its settlement, Google also agreed to destroy emails, passwords, and web histories collected by Street View cars between 2008 and 2010, however, there is no way to enforce or verify compliance. In fact all of the stolen data may have already been integrated and plugged into untraceable programs.

Germany also fined Google for illegally recording information.  Caspar, chief of data protection office in Hamburg, called the data theft “one of the biggest known data protection violations in history.”

In fact, Hamburg prosecutors had originally attempted to prosecute Google under criminal law, however they were forced to drop the case, prompting the data protection office to pursue it as an “administrative offense.”

Google has denied any link to the U.S. electronic mass surveillance[sic,] mainly conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA). But, the NSA data collection has a commercial format; the U.S. government and its officials have no direct use whatever for the data other than to hand it over to the U.S. corporations in return for financial favors including lucrative post-retirement positions in the “private” sector.

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3 Responses to “Google Caught Spying, Lying, Again!”

  1. A Reader said

    Dear Fire-earth as usual you’re a thousand miles ahead of the crowd!
    Best wishes, A Reader
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    Intel Contractors Give Millions to Lawmakers Overseeing Government Surveillance
    Submitted by Donny Shaw on Dec 7, 2013
    http://maplight.org/content/73373

    In response to documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden, the congressional committees in charge of overseeing the government’s intelligence operations have come to the defense of the surveillance and data collection programs, and the agencies that administer them. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have rejected attempts to reform the programs while advancing legislation to bolster their legal status and providing a funding boost to the National Security Agency (NSA) to protect their secrecy.

    The U.S. intelligence budget for 2013 is $52.6 billion. According to the Washington Post, “top secret spending” is divided into four main spending categories: data collection, data analysis, management, facilities and support, and data processing and exploitation. Seventy percent of the intelligence budget is used to pay private contractors. Several of the companies receiving intelligence contracts are major donors to members of the intelligence committees, including L-3 Communications, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Honeywell International.

    Data: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions from political action committees (PACs) and individuals from the top 20 intelligence services contractors working with the Department of Defense, ranked by total value of contracts received, to members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Data source: Federal Election Commission from January 1, 2005 – October 4, 2013. Department of Defense intelligence services contracts source: USASpending (contract totals as of September 26, 2013)

    In total, members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have received $3.7 million from top intelligence services contractors since January 1, 2005.
    Members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from Maryland — home of NSA headquarters — led the committees in money received from top intelligence contractors. Representative C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, D-Md., is the largest recipient, having received $363,600 since January 1, 2005. Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., is the second largest recipient, having received $210,150.
    Republican members of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have received $1.86 million since January 1, 2005, while Democrat members have received $1.82 million over the same time period.
    Members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence have received $2.2 million since January 1, 2005 from top intelligence services contractors, while members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have received $1.5 million.
    Lockheed Martin has given $798,910 to members the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence since January 1, 2005, more than any of the other top 20 intelligence service contractors. Northrop Grumman has given $753,101, the second highest amount, and Honeywell has given $714,913, the third highest amount.

    TOP 20 INTELLIGENCE SERVICES CONTRACTORS
    CONTRIBUTIONS TO CONGRESSIONAL INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES
    Rank
    (by total value of contracts) Top 20 Intelligence Services Contractors

    Contributions to House Permanent Select Committee
    on Intelligence
    Contributions to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

    Total Contributions to Intelligence Committee Members
    1. *L-3 Communications $156,995 $81,150 $238,145
    2. Lockheed Martin $478,660 $320,250 $798,910
    3. CACI International – $8,350 $8,350
    4. GTCR Golder Rauner L.L.C.

    5.

    SAIC Inc. (Leidos)
    $139,585 $160,500 $300,085
    6. Mission Essential – $500 $500
    7. Booz Allen Hamilton $1,200 $11,200 $12,400
    8. Griffon Corp. $5,000 – $5,000
    9. SOS International – – –
    10. Kingfisher Systems – – –
    11. Battelle Memorial Institute $3,300 $1,250 $4,550
    12. Northrop Grumman $420,601 $332,500 $753,101
    13. Jorge Scientific Corp. – – –
    14. Honeywell International $455,614 $259,299 $714,913
    15. ManTech International $62,200 $27,800 $90,000
    16. General Dynamics $446,150 $230,000 $676,150
    17. Chenega Corp. – $1,997 $1,997
    18. Johns Hopkins University $12,950 $67,300 $80,250
    19. New World Solutions – – –
    20. AECOM Tech Corp. $9,800 $12,500 $22,300
    Grand Total $2,192,055 $1,514,596 $3,706,651

    *Contract totals were combined for L-3 Communications Holdings Inc., L-3 National Security Solutions Inc. and L-3 Communications Corporation. Department of Defense intelligence services contracts source: USASpending (contract totals as of September 26, 2013)

  2. Peter said

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