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NSA prize winning Googler says agency should be "abolished", spying could hurt US Web companies

Liam Tung | July 29, 2013
The US Government's secretive mass data collection could kill "golden goose" exports by US web companies, according to a Google engineer.

His second major concern affects Google directly and echoes concerns that the businesses and consumers in non-US countries, particularly in Europe, may turn away from US companies in light of the surveillance program.

"We'll kill the golden goose if other countries think US corporations can't be trusted with their data due to the local government, particularly when the law provides virtually no protection from eavesdropping for foreigner's data held by US companies," wrote Bonneau.

"Can we honestly tell people in other countries that they should trust all of their data with US companies?"

 

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