Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says recent revelations regarding the National Security Agency’s alleged eavesdropping operations are “outrageous” and perhaps even illegal.
Schmidt was weighing in with reporters at the Wall Street Journal this week when he unleashed on the NSA over reports that the United States intelligence-gathering agency infiltrated communication links between data centers operated by Google, as well as others across the world owned by competing search engine company Yahoo.
Days earlier, the Washington Post published leaked documentation credited to intelligence contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden in which it was alleged that the NSA tapped into unencrypted data streams between those centers and intercepted the private data for millions of customers.
“It’s really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers, if that’s true,” the Journal quoted Schmidt, who has served as the Silicon Valley company’s chairman for over a decade.
“The steps that the organization was willing to do without good judgment to pursue its mission and potentially violate people’s privacy, it’s not OK,” Schmidt said. “The Snowden revelations have assisted us in understanding that it’s perfectly possible that there are more revelations to come.”