Prism and the US internet giants: The relationship, the numbers and the language
The US has been accessing private data of 'foreigners' for years - so who are the eight companies in the Prism scandal, and what was their role?
Friday 07 June 2013
PRISM inclusion: September 2007
They said: “Your privacy is our priority.”
They say: "If the government has a broader voluntary national security program to gather customer data we don't participate in it.”
PRISM inclusion: December 2008
They said: “Yahoo! is committed to gaining your trust.”
They say: “We do not provide the Government with direct access to our servers, systems, or network.”
PRISM inclusion: January 2009
They said: “We want you to be clear how we’re using information and the ways in which you can protect your privacy.”
They say: “Google does not have a 'back door' for the government to access private user data.”
PRISM: inclusion: June 2009.
They said: “We will protect you and your information better than any other company in the world.”
They say: “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.”
PRISM inclusion: December 2009
They said: “We strive to protect our user's privacy.”
They say: Not commented yet.
PRISM inclusion: September 2010
They said: “We're serious about protecting our users.”
They say: “Google [which runs YouTube] does not have a back door for the government to access private user data."
PRISM inclusion: February 2011
They said: “Skype [owned by Microsoft] is committed to respecting your privacy.”
They say: “If the government has a broader voluntary national security program to gather customer data we don't participate in it.”
PRISM inclusion: March 2011
They said: “Your information is only shared with third parties with your permission.”
They say: Not commented yet.
PRISM inclusion: October 2012
They said: “Your privacy is important to Apple.”
They say: “"We have never heard of PRISM. We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer data must get a court order."
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