Google's chairman is none too pleased about the rumor that the National Security could have been spying on Google's data centers. According to an interview on the Digits blog from the Wall Street Journal on Nov. 4, Schmidt has called the act outrageous and said it is bad public policy.
Schmidt also mentioned that based on what Edward Snowden has revealed, this is not the end of the revelations about the NSA's actions. Schmidt also hints that the NSA's action, if proven to have taken place, could be illegal.
In response to that, the NSA cited their previous statement and said, "NSA conducts all of its activities in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and policies…"
However, in detailing their alleged actions, Schmidt stated that the agency has allegedly collected phone records of 320 million people. This was done to identify about 300 people who may be a risk.
"There clearly are cases where evil people exist, but you don't have to violate the privacy of every single citizen of America to find them."
The Verge writes that Google is one of the companies currently lobbying for Congress to reform the NSA with increased transparency and limits.
The report on the NSA’s actions came from the Washington Post last week. Their report indicated that the agency was able to access hundreds of documents in a month by accessing and copying the information companies send through secure servers.