Friday, 23 August 2013

Open Letter to Larry Page CEO Google

The following first class letter (you don't know who is reading your emails...) will arrive in London early next week. A similar letter has been sent to Michel Van der Bel, MD Microsoft UK too.

Larry Page 
CEO Google
c/o Google UK Ltd
123 Buckingham Palace Road

23rd August 2013

Dear Mr Page,

Your company has come a long way in a very short time becoming an essential part of the internet. Revelations from Edward Snowden put all your progress at risk. 

  It appears that you and your senior team have:
  1. caved in to pressure from the NSA (being charitable) or
  2. sold our privacy to the NSA.

In your company ethos you say, “We strive to maintain the open culture..” and, “You can make money without doing evil.”

Both of those claims now ring rather hollow in the light of what has appeared today:
‘NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies’ Guardian online 23/8/13

Your spectacular rise has been incredible. Your decision making over privacy has put your company at risk. Google, along with other tech companies, will not be trusted and alternatives sought. 

Practice what you preach and come clean about your dealings with NSA and GCHQ.

Yours sincerely

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