Cyber Threats, Google and the NSA

Computer users are seen at the reception area of Google's China headquarters in Beijing on Jan. 18, 2010. (AP)

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News last week that two of the most powerful players in the Internet universe will team up to fight an onslaught of cyber invasions. Google and the NSA — the National Security Agency — will collaborate on cyber security.

Word of the alliance comes just weeks after Google accused China of hacking into its source code and the digital jewels of dozens of other American companies.

And at a time when top intelligence officials warn critical American infrastructure is “severely threatened” by cyber attack.

But what about privacy?

This hour, On Point: Google, the NSA and the age of cyber insecurity.


Joining us from Washington is Ellen Nakashima, reporter for The Washington Post. She broke the story on the NSA partnership with Google.

Joining us from Vancouver is Fred Cate, director at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University, where he is also a professor of law at the Maurer School of Law.

Joining us from Washington is Paul Rosenzweig, former deputy assistant secretary for policy in the Department of Homeland Security, from 2005 to 2009, where he worked on international data protection rules. He’s founder of Red Branch Law & Consulting.

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