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EPIC Sues for NSA-Google Info

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 14, 2010

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a lawsuit to require the National Security Agency (NSA) to divulge information about its agreement to help defend Google against foreign cyber attacks, the Los Angeles Times reports. EPIC filed its case on Monday, stating, "As of 2009, Gmail had roughly 146 million monthly users, all of whom would be affected by any relationship between the NSA and Google. In order for the public to make meaningful decisions regarding their personal data and e-mail, it must be aware of the details of that relationship." According to national security expert Richard Clarke, there is probably not a significant privacy concern, "But the easy way for Google and NSA to prove that is by letting an outside group come in and find out."
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