by Zhang Xiaojun
BEIJING, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Internet search firm Google's deal that invites the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to help with its inquiry into cyberattacks may pose serious threats to other countries' national and commercial security and is worrisome to world netizens.
Google, founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998, has become the largest world Internet search engine. It runs more than 1 million servers in data centers around the world, and processes more than 1 billion search requests and 20 petabytes of user-generated data every day.
If we compare Google to a globalized information processing machine, then its collaboration with the NSA would allow its products to flow in vast volume to the spy agency and greatly boost the agency's information collection capabilities.
Hiroyuki Miyawaki, senior consultant at the Japan Research Institute, told Xinhua that intelligence agencies' independent information collecting capacity is usually limited, but joining hands with Google would significantly improve its capacity. That would be manifested not only in the wide range of information but also in the usage of Google's history information, which is counted in large quantities.
In comments on the deal, French magazine L'Expansion said many people have doubts about this kind of collaboration. American magazine Wired wrote a headline like this: 'Don't Be Evil' Meet 'Spy on Everyone': How the NSA Deal Could Kill Google.
"Don't be evil" is Google's unofficial slogan coined by the company's engineer Paul Buchheit.
World experts were also worried about the deal between Google and the NSA.