The outrage is justified. But it’s not nearly enough. Google and its peers need to do more than demand increased transparency and boost its data encryption efforts. Technology companies, for reasons varying from economic to ethical, need to lead a debate about whether or not such an ongoing intrusion of personal liberty is morally tenable. The US government says the surveillance is necessary to thwart terrorists. Critics have for years been asking if that’s true. Now, Silicon Valley needs to join them.
~It’s time for Silicon Valley to ask: Is it worth it?