Google Says It Can Compete for Pentagon Contracts Without Violating Principles

× Google Says It Can Compete for Pentagon Contracts Without Violating Principles Google has signed a secret deal with the Pentagon that one former Pentagon official says calls into question the tech giant’s ethics….

Google Says It Can Compete for Pentagon Contracts Without Violating Principles

× Google Says It Can Compete for Pentagon Contracts Without Violating Principles

Google has signed a secret deal with the Pentagon that one former Pentagon official says calls into question the tech giant’s ethics.

But the company says it will not compromise its code of conduct.

“If a contracting partner asks Google to break its ethics code, we will be clear that complying with the policy is a reasonable alternative,” Susan Molinari, Google’s vice president of communications and public affairs, said in a statement on Friday.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Google had entered into a deal with the Defense Department called the Pentagon Innovation Outreach Program.

The program calls for Google to help gather data about areas it thinks could be “inherently interesting to the Pentagon,” according to a document published by the Pentagon in July.

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The paper said that the arrangement runs counter to Google’s code of conduct, which says that “we take very seriously the concerns raised about conflict of interest in our relationships with government.”

Molinari said that these guidelines are in place for good reason.

“We understand that we have a responsibility to not only comply with the government’s rules, but also to demonstrate the public trust is valued,” she said.

The Journal reports that the agreement does not extend to all government agencies. But some argue that it could also impact Google’s contracts with other customers, like Apple.

“The contract seems to license certain services to the Department of Defense without even reading the code of conduct,” Republican Senator Mike Lee said in a statement.

Google had fired its former head of government relations for allegedly leaking trade secrets in a case that involved military contractors and the Defense Department.

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