NSA’s PRISM Snoops On You Via Google, Facebook, Apple

PrismDo you use any online services like from the likes of Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Yahoo and AOL? The US Government is monitoring your actions via the NSA’s PRISM program according to the Guardian:

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.

The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called PRISM, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says.

The Guardian has verified the authenticity of the document, a 41-slide PowerPoint presentation – classified as top secret with no distribution to foreign allies – which was apparently used to train intelligence operatives on the capabilities of the program. The document claims “collection directly from the servers” of major US service providers.

Although the presentation claims the program is run with the assistance of the companies, all those who responded to a Guardian request for comment on Thursday denied knowledge of any such program.

In a statement, Google said: “Google cares deeply about the security of our users’ data. We disclose user data to government in accordance with the law, and we review all such requests carefully. From time to time, people allege that we have created a government ‘back door’ into our systems, but Google does not have a back door for the government to access private user data.”

Several senior tech executives insisted that they had no knowledge of PRISM or of any similar scheme. They said they would never have been involved in such a program. “If they are doing this, they are doing it without our knowledge,” one said.

An Apple spokesman said it had “never heard” of PRISM…

[continues at the Guardian]

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  • BuzzCoastin

    In 2007 Congress passed, and President George W. Bush signed,
    the Protect America Act.

    When Congress passed the FISA Amendments Act in July 2008, it included both immunity and a four-year extension of the government’s unwarranted spying powers.

    Google et al are not lying when they say:
    “provide information only to the extent required by law”
    “We disclose user data to government in accordance with the law”
    “We operate under what we are required to do by law,”
    Funny how Google pulled out of China because of that same law in China.

    but they are lying through their friggin teeth when they say:
    Several senior tech executives insisted that they had no knowledge of
    PRISM or of any similar scheme. They said they would never have been
    involved in such a program. “If they are doing this, they are doing it
    without our knowledge,” one said.

    Total friggin bullshit!

  • RagBoneMan

    The national governments and the big business interests that they represent have never been more afraid of their population. It’s actually pathetic to watch. It’d be downright laughable if it wasn’t for their near monopoly on Western media sources. Just like everything else, this revelation will be swept under the rug of state propaganda and irrelevant entertainment coverage.

    You know, if they’re going to watch our every move, correlate our web searches, monitor our calls… let’s give them a show. Start by Google searching “how to bring down a government”, then buy yourself a gas mask.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    in “The Newsroom” they called it Project Clarity

  • Raz

    These NSA guys must get a boner doing this kind of things. If a single guy does this thing he’s a creep, but if NSA does it so it’s legit.

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