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Google Working Closely With Intelligence Agencies

CIA, FBI and others

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The major intelligence agencies in the U.S. have turned to Google to help them better share and process information they have on security threats.

CIA, FBI and others

The National Security Agency has purchased servers on which Google provides search technology used to process information compiled by networks of intelligent agents around the globe.

Google is also offering search features for a site similar to Wikipedia, called Intellipedia, were agents can share and post information on a secure online forum. Intellipedia is accessible only to the CIA, FBI, National Security Agency and a number of other intelligence agencies.

"Each analyst, for lack of a better term, has a shoe box with their knowledge,"  Sean Dennehy, chief of Intellipedia development for the CIA, told the San Francisco Chronicle  "They maintained it in a shared drive or a Word document, but we’re encouraging them to move those platforms so that everyone can benefit."

Depending on their level of clearance agents can log on to Intellipedia and access three levels of information, top secret, secret, and sensitive but unclassified. Currently the site has 37,000 accounts with 35,000 articles making up 200,000 pages, according to Dennehy.

Google’s other government customers include the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the state of Alabama and Washington, D.C.

Mike Bradshaw, who heads Google’s federal government sales team, says the company sells nearly identical products to corporate clients as it does to government agencies.
"There were some wild accusations," Bradshaw said. "But everything we do with the government is the same as what we do with our corporate customers."

 

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  • http://www.cdadc.com Donald

    I always get a bit concerned when sensitive information on private citizens is held in the hands of companies that are in it for the money. 

    Having governments hold sensitive information on one’s citizens is one thing, sharing it with another government is debatable – privacy rights and all that sort of thing – but having a company outside government, control the information, makes the personal information even more vulnerable to improper abuse I would think.

     

    • John

      From what I read, Google is selling the government is access to their search technology, not "sensitive information".   The government is just looking for ways to use the information they already have. 

      So Google sells their technology to the government.   I’d be upset with the government if they weren’t buying the best tools they can get…

      Am I the only one that sees this as a total non-story?

      • John

        You are right.  It’s a total non story. 

        • Guest

          A none story? Do you work for one or the other parties in this non story? So, you trust averything you read without question? Dig deeper, has your opinion changed with the new grab for internet control and the new erra of turning in your neighbor for money or because they differ in a political opinion. Granted this is one small piece of a very large story. Open your eyes real wide and use your ears to listen for a while. You have the net. Check out which side has the most facts. Who do you believe? The facts. Good Luck. Get involved, your voice is powerful when packed with facts.

      • Guest

        A none story? Do you work for one or the other parties in this non story? So, you trust averything you read without question? Dig deeper, has your opinion changed with the new grab for internet control and the new erra of turning in your neighbor for money or because they differ in a political opinion. Granted this is one small piece of a very large story. Open your eyes real wide and use your ears to listen for a while. You have the net. Check out which side has the most facts. Who do you believe? The facts. Good Luck. Get involved, your voice is powerful when packed with facts.

  • Jack

    You gotta be kidding me. Google is the future in communications. The government wants to get a foot in the door. And you know once that happens, good bye privacy. If anybody is too stupid to know how crooked government is, then they deserve what they get. But, don’t drag the rest of us down with you.

  • Guest

    As I see Big brother taking and being given in googles case more and more info on citizens, people should realize that they should get involved and never give up on our Nations Christian heritage, and make their voice heard. I am closing my google site and will be going to a less government friendly site and search engine. Be careful folks. Read your Bible, Pray and do not fear. Use your GOD given brains to think. Humble yourselves and pray that the Lord heals our Land.

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