Google co-founder Sergey Brin said he was shocked by NSA snooping

Posted May 28, 2014

Google co-founder Sergey Brin said that he was shocked to hear about the NSA snooping on the backbone data at Google. Brin spoke with journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the Code Conference, which is a replacement for the “D Conference.”

Brin said that even though Google was surprised to learn about the NSA data-collection, Google already started encrypting a lot of the backbone data anyway. Brin said that the NSA revelations made the U.S. government look hypocritical and raised a lot of policy questions. 

Google acknowledged that the company was criticized for its data collection policies. There are now 1,000 people at Google that focus on security. “There’s always more you can do,” stated Brin at the conference.

“I?m sure we’ve made our share of mistakes and I am not claiming we do a perfect job,” added Brin.