The Guy Who Used To Protect Your Facebook Data Now Works For The NSA
Source: Business Insider
Last week Mike Riley of Bloomberg, citing four people familiar with the process, reported that thousands of companies work closely with U.S. national security agencies by swapping sensitive trade information for benefits including access to classified intelligence.
Riley's scoop — along with Michael Hirsch's report in The Atlantic that Silicon Valley and private defense contractors built the government's surveillance system — sheds light on the remarkably close relationship between private technology companies and the government.
It turns out there's also some personnel overlap, as reported by James Risen and Nick Wingfield of The New York Times:
"When Max Kelly, the chief security officer for Facebook, left the social media company in 2010, he did not go to Google, Twitter or a similar Silicon Valley concern. Instead the man who was responsible for protecting the personal information of Facebook’s more than one billion users from outside attacks went to work for [the National Security Agency]."
Kelly's move from the world's largest social network to the world's largest spy agency — which had not been previously reported — makes sense in that both organizations collect, analyze, and exploit reams of data about millions of Americans.