Even after President Barack Obama confirmed the existence of a giant government surveillance called ‘Prism’ on Friday, the tech giant companies in America were still denying having any knowledge of it.
The revelation about ’Prism’ put all the companies’ standing about privacy issues in sharp focus. However, all of them denied their involvement through surprisingly similar statements. All of them said that they had never heard of the program, were not in favor to give the government direct access to their systems, and requested for greater transparency.
Larry Page and David Drummond, the co-founder and chief legal officer of Google respectively, said in a blog post that the level of secrecy of the surveillance program was doing nothing but subverting the freedom of people.
They wrote that they were not aware of any such program until the previous day. They also denied the chance of joining any program through which the U.S. or any other government would have a direct access to their servers. They said that the company’s legal team handed over user data to government only if it was in line with the law. They also said that they were very surprised when the ‘Guardian’ disclosed about the government’s data extraction from Verizon.
The founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, strongly denied the possibility of his organization to be involved in any such program of the U.S. government. By denying of hearing about Prism before, he insisted that Facebook had never been a part of any program to give direct access to their servers. He even said never to have any request from any government agency asking for user information. He added that his organization would fight aggressively if they had received any such request.
Yahoo also gave almost similar statements like Google and Facebook.
The leaked documents of the NSA or National Security Agency proved the involvement of Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple, Facebook, AOL, and PalTalk with the Prism program.