I'm sure ECHELON (google it) has been updated for net traffic since its inception, and as for Google and censorship...never heard of the Great Firewall of China?
What's that referring to then? Specifically how does that occur?
I'd be more worried about the ones that give you unfettered access to the internet and eavesdrop on your traffic, and then come visit you if they find you of interest.
The point is, that the internet has never been free, open, whatever you want to call it. And while state censorship is difficult to swallow, having Google as your champion against it smacks of hypocrisy, as they were quite happy to go along with when it suited them.
Again, some specifics here would be good.