Latest in Ama

Image credit:

Google executives talk Snowden and NSA backdoors during AMA

Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Senior members of Google's public policy team took to Reddit today to discuss the company's stance on government surveillance reform and the pending expiration of Section 215 of the Patriot Act that allows for the bulk collection of phone records. Google's director for law enforcement and information security, Richard Salgado and David Lieber, its senior privacy policy counsel took part in the discussion. Judging by the responses, the AMA didn't start as smoothly as they probably hoped. The very first answer about Google being hacked by individuals in China in 2009 seemed extremely canned and prompted the reply, "that is a non-answer. Did the PR team type it up for you?" After that, the answers got a bit more genuine.


They called the federal appeals court ruling that Section 215 doesn't give the NSA authorization to collect phone records in bulk "great news" and reiterated that Google does not build backdoors into its services and does not have a surveillance portal. When asked about Edward Snowden and his actions -- which include leaking data the inferred that Google does have a surveillance portal -- Lieber wrote: "too much of the debate around Snowden has focused on whether he's a hero or traitor. It's fair to say that we would not be having this debate without Snowden's disclosures."

Lieber also noted that some government officials have "expressed concerns" about Google's deployment and use of end-to-end encryption. But that the company is doing so to safeguard its customers against identify theft.

[Image credit: Associated Press]


All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

View
Our readers get real about their issues with the AirPods Pro

Our readers get real about their issues with the AirPods Pro

View
Space Force official logo and motto unveiled

Space Force official logo and motto unveiled

View
Fossil's Gen 5 Wear OS smartwatches are about to get a major update

Fossil's Gen 5 Wear OS smartwatches are about to get a major update

View
Facebook repeatedly overruled fact checkers in favor of conservatives

Facebook repeatedly overruled fact checkers in favor of conservatives

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr