Sheeple Waking Up To NSA Spying: Privacy Search Engines Booming
Google’s denials of involvement with NSA are unbelievable
June 20, 2013
Google shares a shady past with the NSA
The NSA PRISM spying scandal has engulfed practically every major online company, and despite blanket denials of involvement from the likes of Google, Apple, Yahoo and Microsoft, alternative privacy oriented internet tools have seen a huge boost in traffic as web users are ditching the giants that apparently aided government snoopers.
As The Guardian revealed a fortnight ago, leaked NSA material claimed that the spy agency has direct access to the servers of nine companies – Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo, Apple, Skype, PalTalk, YouTube, Facebook and Google.
The consensus from the heads of the tech companies was summed up by the claim that “If they are doing this, they are doing it without our knowledge.”
As a direct result of the revelations, privacy-focused alternatives to the tools most people use to chat, search, and store data online have seen a huge spike in users.
Search engine DuckDuckGo, for example, which markets itself with the strap lines “Stop Watching us” and “Google tracks you, we don’t”, has seen record traffic in the wake of the scandal.