Apple, Google Deny Giving NSA ‘Back Door’ Access To Systems, Claim ‘Never Heard Of PRISM’
In light of revelations about the top secret PRISM program used by the FBI and NSA to mine data from users of nine of the largest American Internet companies, two of those companies are now denying any cooperation with the government on such a program. Spokespeople for both Apple and Google have released statements that indicate if the government is obtaining data from their systems it is doing it without the companies’ involvement.
CNBC’s Eamon Javers was the first to announce the statement from Apple, who reportedly told them the company has “never heard of PRISM.”
In a statement obtained by The Guardian, a spokesperson for Google went into further detail on the issue:
“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.”
UPDATE (7:48pm ET): Facebook has also released a similarly-worded statement to 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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