(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Are authorities from the NSA directly accessing servers from the likes of Google and Facebook to scoop up information on users?
If recently leaked classified information regarding the PRISM program is to believed, that’s the case. However, top execs at companies listed in the docs have notably distanced themselves from PRISM,
“What the …?” was the title of a blog post authored by Google CEO Larry Page and Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond.
“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,” insisted the two.
The company, did however, acknowledge it provided governments with data “only in accordance with the law.” Meanwhile, the tech giant has called for a “more transparent approach.”
Facebook was also in denial with CEO Mark Zuckerberg referring to PRISM press reports as “outrageous.” “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,” stated Zuckerberg via his Facebook page.
PRISM was recently leaked by former NSA employee Edward Snowden who is currently seeking asylum in foreign countries. The U.S. could seek his extradition and charge him with crimes related to the leak. As of Monday, Snowden was staying in Hong Kong.