Glenn Greenwald an American political journalist (lawyer, columnist, blogger, and author) from The Guardian has published a real eye opening piece in what now seems to be one of the most damaging leaks to the US government since Wikileaks.
The NSA’s (National Security Agency) PRISM program (created in 2007) on the face of it is a surveillance system that collects customer data using backdoor access to nine of the largest technology companies and services located in the US; Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Skype, Yahoo, Apple, Aol, PalTalk & Youtube with others in the pipeline including Dropbox. Some of the data that is collected and stored includes emails, chats (video and voice), photos, stored data, VoIP, file transfers, online social networking details, notifications of target activities (logins etc) and something called special request.
This is very reminiscent to the premiss of CBS’s highly popular Person of Interest series.
The scope of this system is huge and as you would expect Google, Facebook, Apple and others have responded to the allegations that they have joined the previously secret PRISM program.
“First, we have not joined any program that would give the U.S. government—or any other government—direct access to our servers. Indeed, the U.S. government does not have direct access or a “back door” to the information stored in our data centers. We had not heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday.”…
“I want to respond personally to the outrageous press reports about PRISM: Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers. We have never received a blanket request or court order from any government agency asking for information or metadata in bulk, like the one Verizon reportedly received. And if we did, we would fight it aggressively. We hadn’t even heard of PRISM before yesterday.”…
In a statement, Apple said:
“We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers and any government agency requesting customer data must get a court order.”
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