Apple, Google, Facebook: Never Heard of PRISM

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Apple, Google and Facebook all protested Thursday that they had never heard about the PRISM program, which the FBI and NSA used to collect data from users of nine of the largest Internet companies.

CNBC’s Eamon Javers revealed through three tweets that Apple had made a statement:

Tweet #1: Apple spokesman just sent me a statement about PRISM, saying, “We have never heard of PRISM.”

Tweet #2: More Apple statement on PRISM, “…and any government agency requesting customer data must get a court order.

Tweet #3: More Apple on PRISM: “We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers.”

A spokesperson for Google told the Guardian:

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.”

Facebook told The Next Web:

We do not provide any government organization with direct access to Facebook servers. When Facebook is asked for data or information about specific individuals, we carefully scrutinize any such request for compliance with all applicable laws, and provide information only to the extent required by law.


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