CNN is reporting that intelligence agencies for the federal government has been spying on you. The agencies engaged in broad data mining operations, leading to the extraction of e-mail, photos and other private communications. The agencies were given access to data from the largest internet companies in the US and Britain.
Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo and Facebook all gave the government access to their servers as part of a program called PRISM. The program has been running since 2007 and has grown a great deal since then, according to The Washington Post. The data was a source of raw material for the National Security Agency, a group that monitors electronic communications.
This joins another report that the government may be collecting the phone records of millions of Americans. The company began collecting data from YouTube in 2010, as well as AOL and Skype in 2011. Apple came on board in 2012.
“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,” a Google spokesman said.
“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,” said Apple spokesman Steve Dowling.
Facebook’s spokesperson, Jodi Seth says that their companies doesn’t give any government entity direct access to it’s 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,” Seth said.