“We cannot have intrusions into our lives and still have freedom”

McAfee: Google is ruining our freedom

John McAfee made a surprise appearance at the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas to warn that Google is threatening its users’ freedom.

In a clip on the BBC, the computer security pioneer talks about privacy issues, pointing a finger towards Google.

“Google, or at least certain people within Google, would like us to believe that if we have nothing to hide, we should not mind if everybody knows everything that we do,” said McAfee.

"We’d rather be safe, secure and comfortable than actually live. We cannot have intrusions into our lives and still have freedom.”

Earlier this year, McAfee unveiled a new product designed to analyse apps on a user’s phone and tell them which ones leak private information.

“The NSA won’t get into it. The encryption that we have developed is unique, and the NSA nor any other governmental agency has been involved,” said McAfee.

In January, durng an interview with the Huffington Post, McAfee stated: “There have been tea kettles from China that have been found to have microphones in them.”

He also warned that there needs to be legislation in place to make it illegal for applications to have access to smartphone cameras and microphones.

In Late 2012, McAfee went on the run from Belize authorities after being names as a suspect following the death of his neighbour. After a month-long wild goose chase with the authorities, McAfee was detained by the Guatemalan police. He was later extradited to the US.

Rupert Murdoch also called out Google on Twitter yesterday (August 17th), labelling the firm worse than the NSA.

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