Search engine giant Google and the largest electronic surveillance intelligence agency in the world, the National Security Agency, are teaming up to increase cybersecurity.
Google is looking to finalize an agreement with NSA, which would allow the agency to analyze the Aurora attacks that took place in December, according to The Washington Post.
Once NSA analyzes the attacks, it will help Google to move forward on cybersecurity, enabling the search engine to better defend itself and its clients in the future. According to the article, both Google and NSA refused to comment on the alleged agreement, though sources with knowledge of the agreement claim it will allow the two to share information without Google violating its own or federal policies protecting user privacy.
The sources further said NSA will not be able to read users emails or see their search queries.
A central issue for U.S. cybersecurity is ensuring private-public partnerships exist while considering the privacy concerns of citizens. While giving testimony before Congress earlier this week, DNI Dennis Blair said, “I am here today to stress that, acting independently, neither the U.S. government nor the private sector can fully control or protect the country“™s information infrastructure.”
Ellen McCarthy, president of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, said, “The critical question is: At what level will the American public be comfortable with Google sharing information with NSA?”