Saturday, 8 June 2013

Revealed: Google and Facebook DID allow NSA access to data and were in talks to set up 'spying rooms' despite denials by Zuckerberg and Page over PRISM project

Daily Mail

  • Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page both issued blustery statements over recent media reports they gave the National Security Agency officials access to their troves of user information
  • Now sources say both tech giants were in discussion about specific ways to give U.S. officials access to their data using virtual classified information reading rooms
  • Companies are all compelled by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to hand over any information requested under the law, but they're not required to make access easier
  • PRISM data-mining program was launched in 2007 with approval from special federal judges
  • Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Skype, AOL and PalTalk are involved in spying program
  • The UK has had access to the PRISM data since at least 2010
  • Details of data collection were outlined in classified 41-slide PowerPoint presentation that was leaked by intelligence officer 

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