(Business Insider) -- [...] 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.
The two enterprises are deeply intertwined since "Silicon Valley has what the spy agency wants: vast amounts of private data and the most sophisticated software available to analyze it" while the NSA is "one of Silicon Valley’s largest customers for what is known as data analytics, one of the valley’s fastest-growing markets," according to the Times.
Risen and Wingfield note that the key difference between the operations of Facebook and the NSA is that "the NSA does it for intelligence, and Silicon Valley does it to make money."
The article, which also reports that five years ago Skype allegedly set up a secret program to help the government spy on its users, comes highly recommended.