Smartphone companies deny role in PRISM spy program


Some of the biggest stories to break this week dealt with leaks concerning the US and its domestic intelligence gathering efforts. First it was revealed that Verizon was sharing vast quantities of call data with the NSA, followed yesterday by claims of a far broader effort, dubbed PRISM. From the sound of things, PRISM was being run with the cooperation of a number of tech companies, giving the government unfettered backdoor access to their systems. Now a few of those companies named in the leaks are speaking up, protesting their innocence.

While these companies will grant legitimate, specific requests for user data, a Google spokesperson made it clear that there’s no wide-open back door in place for the government to browse through such data. Microsoft, as well, denied knowledge of any such system like the broad access described in the PRISM docs. Apple claims it’s never heard of this PRISM business before.

Of course, there’s the very real chance that these companies feel legally compelled to deny knowledge of PRISM, even if they’re neck deep in its involvement. What do you think? Should we be trusting these businesses? Is your data really secure?

Source: Gawker

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!