NSA’s PRISM: This Isn’t Over, So Can We Please Breathe Before We Jump to Conclusions?

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The dropped a bombshell last night — the government is spying on you! And it’s in cahoots with the world’s most popular Internet companies to do it!

If that isn’t a recipe for a shitstorm, I don’t know what is.

But are Google, Yahoo, AOL, Facebook and the other tech giants willingly sending the NSA user data, or are they not? If you ask the companies named in the PowerPoint presentation, they don’t know what the hell you’re talking about:

  • Google: “We have not joined any program that would give the U.S. government—or any other government—direct access to our servers.”
  • Facebook: “Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers.”
  • AOL: “We do not have any knowledge of the Prism program.”
  • Microsoft: “If the government has a broader voluntary national security program to gather customer data we don’t participate in it.”

Okay, those are pretty blanket denials, but their statements could be carefully crafted to not be lying, but not be telling the whole truth. At least, that’s what Arrington believes.

Or maybe Palantir is behind the whole thing? (nope.)

Or maybe these companies aren’t actively involved in the program? Well, The Washington Post just stepped back from the accusation that these tech companies were directly involved.

So basically, we have a scandal with no actual answers and lots of accusations flying around. It’s a field day for the press, but users should wait before they start boycotting companies, and the press should do its job — investigate into PRISM until it finds the truth.

Until then, I’m going to sit out the blame game.

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