FBI and CIA work together

Google and the CIA are reportedly working together

At least that's what Robert D. Steele from Open Source Solutions (OSS) claims, a former CIA employee who has been working for years to evaluate open data sources instead of costly sniffing programs.

According to reports, the partnership mainly extends to the research and development of data mining technologies. It is not known whether search statistics or user data are also passed on.

Hmh. The NSA once released a super-secure version of Linux and of course published it again under the GPL. Does that mean the Linux community is working with the NSA? As long as no transfer of user data has been confirmed by Google, the company apparently only sells search technologies. Anyone who uses Google privately cannot seriously object to the fact that the secret services also use appropriate search technologies.

A completely different matter, of course, is the FBI's access to private databases without a judge's decision, as permitted by the PATRIOT ACT, and the subsequent disclosure within the government. But that's nothing new. In essence, it's about:

1. Large databases with personal data always present a risk that secret services and other repressive organs of the state access them.

2. If highly developed technologies (regardless of whether they are search engines, pattern recognition or rocket technologies) are available to civilians, they will also be used by the military and secret services.

3. Those who do not want all of this must either ban the technologies or abolish secret services.

Update: I have just corrected the funniest Freudian mistake of my blogging life so far: "Community services" instead of "secret services".

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About the author

Ralf Bendrath

Ralf has been active for years in contexts such as DigiGes, EDRi, AK stock, AK censorship. In 2011 he was appointed to the Advisory Board of Privacy International. After solid basic training as a nerd on the Commodore C-64 and studying political science in Bremen and Berlin, he spent ten years researching data protection, internet governance and cyber security, including in Berlin, Bremen, Washington and New York City. From 2002 to 2005 he accompanied the World Summit Information Society for the Heinrich Böll Foundation. In his main job he has been working for the Member of Parliament Jan Philipp Albrecht in the European Parliament since summer 2009, also on issues of internet freedom and digital civil rights. If he finds the time, he blogs here in German or in English at http://bendrath.blogspot.com. He tweets more often than @bendrath.
Published 05/11/2006 at 3:46 PM