Google’s close relationship with the US National Security Agency (NSA) dates back to 2003, when the tech giant signed an agreement with the NSA for the use of its search technology. This partnership paved the way for the NSA’s controversial surveillance programmes, such as PRISM, which was exposed by Edward Snowden in 2013.

Google also played a key role in the creation of a global surveillance system, known as the ‘Echelon’ system. This system, run by the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, is capable of intercepting and analysing vast amounts of internet data.

Despite public outcry over privacy concerns, Google has defended its relationship with the NSA, stating that it is necessary for national security. Critics argue, however, that the relationship is too close and that it undermines the public’s trust in the company.

In recent years, Google has attempted to distance itself from the NSA, with mixed results. While it has implemented encryption technologies to protect user data, it continues to face criticism for its role in global surveillance.

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