Watch Google’s Eric Schmidt Call NSA Spying “Outrageous” and “Perhaps Illegal”

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Google’s Eric Schmidt didn’t pull any punches in a new interview about the National Security Agency, which supposedly tapped the company’s data centers.

“It’s really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers, if that’s true. The steps that the organization was willing to do without good judgment to pursue its mission and potentially violate people’s privacy, it’s not okay.”

He also didn’t see the logic in spying on all Americans to get scoops on just 300 potential threats.

“The NSA allegedly collected the phone records of 320 million people in order to identify roughly 300 people who might be a risk. It’s just bad public policy…and perhaps illegal.”

See the full interview with the Wall Street Journal‘s Deborah Kan above.