Dec 5, 2013
Leak: NSA Has Backdoor Access to Google, Apple, Microsoft and More
Posted on Jun 6, 2013
A career intelligence officer has leaked the existence of a top secret program called PRISM, which gives the government direct access to files, including photos, e-mails and video chats, hosted by the biggest technology companies.
According to a leaked PowerPoint presentation, the corporations involved include Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Skype, AOL, Yahoo and, coming soon, Dropbox.
The program reportedly gives the National Security Agency, among others, the ability to pull private conversations, files and ideas from company servers. As The Washington Post points out, the NSA is not supposed to spy on Americans, but that seems to be what is happening:
In the last few years, all of the major technology companies have been pushing users to move their data to “the cloud.” Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Apple have all argued that they can do a better job protecting your photos, documents and communications than you can. Now it seems users have voluntarily transferred their private information into the hands of not just corporations, but the government as well.
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer.
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