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Old 06-19-2009, 09:57 AM   #1
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Default Google Canada defends street cameras at House of Commons committee

I sure hope that the Commons committee is aware of Google's other business interests...

While Fending Off DoJ Subpoena, Google Continues Longstanding Relationship With US Intelligence
Wednesday, 25 January 2006

NSA routinely monitors regular Internet traffic and has been intercepting targeted domestic Internet-based communications as part of a surveillance effort authorized by President Bush to conduct warrantless interception of domestic electronic communications in the hunt for terrorists. A hunt veteran counterterrorists have told HSToday.us is necessary and successful, though such successes are rarely if ever discussed or acknowledged publicly.

Using his executive authority, Bush gave NSA permission to carry out the warrantless surveillance, an action whose legality has been questioned and is soon to be subject to congressional hearings. For its part, the administration in recent weeks has put forth a forceful argument for the legality of its domestic surveillance activities.

The IT contractor who initially disclosed that Google has a secret relationship with the IC said in a follow-up e-mail Sunday evening to HSToday.us that he knows under what authority Google is cooperating with the IC, as well as the details of the cooperation, but declined to elaborate because of the nature of his work for clients. The source had said in an e-mail on Saturday that “Google proactively cooperates” with the IC, and added, “I am not sure the White House knows this.”

Google ‘Street View’ amended to allay privacy concerns, executive tells MPs
Vito Pilieci , Canwest News Service
Published: Wednesday, June 17, 2009

OTTAWA - Google's controversial "Street View" feature won't infringe on Canadians' privacy rights, the company's head of Canadian operations said Wednesday in advance of an appearance before a House of Commons committee.

Jonathan Lister, head of Google Canada, was to stand before a federal government committee Wednesday afternoon to defend Google's Street View service.

Lister came to Ottawa equipped with testimonials from Street View users all over the world - including Boris Johnson, mayor of London. He also offered data that suggest Canadians might be eager to see their home country represented on the new service, as more than 100 million Street View images from other countries have been pulled up by Canadians...
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