The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other
USinternet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called Prism, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says.The Guardian has verified the authenticity of the document, a 41-slide PowerPoint presentation – classified as top secret with no distribution to foreign allies – which was apparently used to train intelligence operatives on the capabilities of the program. The document claims "collection directly from the servers" of major USservice providers.
U.S.government does not have direct access or a ‘back door’ to the information stored in our data centers,” Google’s chief executive, Larry Page, and its chief legal officer, David Drummond, said in a statement on Friday. “We provide user data to governments only in accordance with the law.”
Statements from Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Apple, AOL and Paltalk made the same distinction.
But instead of adding a back door to their servers, the companies were essentially asked to erect a locked mailbox and give the government the key, people briefed on the negotiations said. Facebook, for instance, built such a system for requesting and sharing the information, they said.
Facebook says YOU LIE
Since this story was first reported, we’ve been in discussions with
U.S.national security authorities urging them to allow more transparency and flexibility around national security-related orders we are required to comply with. We’re pleased that as a result of our discussions, we can now include in a transparency report all U.S. national security-related requests (including FISA as well as National Security Letters) – which until now no company has been permitted to do. As of today, the government will only authorize us to communicate about these numbers in aggregate, and as a range. This is progress, but we’re continuing to push for even more transparency, so that our users around the world can understand how infrequently we are asked to provide user data on national security grounds.
For the six months ending December 31, 2012, the total number of user-data requests Facebook received from any and all government entities in the U.S. (including local, state, and federal, and including criminal and national security-related requests) – was between 9,000 and 10,000. These requests run the gamut – from things like a local sheriff trying to find a missing child, to a federal marshal tracking a fugitive, to a police department investigating an assault, to a national security official investigating a terrorist threat. The total number of Facebook user accounts for which data was requested pursuant to the entirety of those 9-10 thousand requests was between 18,000 and 19,000 accounts.
With more than 1.1 billion monthly active users worldwide, this means that a tiny fraction of one percent of our user accounts were the subject of any kind of U.S. state, local, or federal U.S. government request (including criminal and national security-related requests) in the past six months. We hope this helps put into perspective the numbers involved, and lays to rest some of the hyperbolic and false assertions in some recent press accounts about the frequency and scope of the data requests that we receiveOh yes the NSA now knows that you like bacon and kitty cat pics.
Horse is gone but find out what Prism really does
This is how Hitler did data mining BANG BANG BANG OPEN THE DOOR AND GET YOUR ASS IN THE STREET. Richard M. Nixon attempted to have people killed. Eric Holder and Barack Obama limited the reach of the NSA but he's those two people right?
Hitler X Stalin X Mao / Hitler does this?
A National Security Agency eavesdropping program exceeded legal limits intended to safeguard privacy, and officials have taken steps to bring the intercepts program into compliance, the Justice Department said Wednesday.Pack your bags and report to the Animal Farm Orwell is here. Another one of those things that happened back in 2008 so Greenwald didn’t report on it cause then he supported the President’s national security judgement.
The department, in a statement, said problems with the NSA program were uncovered as the Justice Department and National Security Agency were conducting routine oversight of intelligence activities to ensure compliance with laws and court orders.
Attorney General Eric Holder has sought court approval to renew the NSA program after instituting new safeguards.
Greenwald’s jig is up among the people who still consider reporting more than regurgitating what a 29 year old brings to you along with his sad story
Actual reporters are on the case . Me I’m just a blogger and a twitter lover who saw something ugly one night and still rails nothing was done. Greenwald is out there sliming others like Rick Perlstein at the Nation karma dictates one day he’ll slime the wrong person.
So a story that began with the government is drinking your milkshake is now the government is not the lies Snnowden and Greenwald told are flowing around the world for the 5th time the truth which should be the basis of any debate I don't know will ever catch up.
We're stepping into some serious ish in Syria now, so this story will probably lose its luster but there's a portion of the electorate that saw how quickly and who wanted to call Barack Obama Richard Nixon, we see you and will again.
Until then to you and Glenn Greenwald your story is bullshit bro.
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Microsoft says Glenn YOU LIE
Microsoft Corp said that in the same period it received between 6,000 and 7,000 criminal and national security warrants, subpoenas and orders affecting between 31,000 and 32,000 consumer accounts from local, state and federal U.S. governmental entities.
Glenn's story and the outrage around this hinged on the unfettered access to American's private data, or spying. The story is not true. That the government has accessed and also stores mind you the private information of millions of Americans. That story is not true. I believe a question was asked of a member of our National Security Team James Clapper "are we storing or accessing the data of millions of Americans" when he answered no he was called liar by vast swaths of the reality based community. My next work might be James Clapper did he lie cause I know it takes a whole freaking bunch of 6 and 7 thousands to add up to millions, but the theme is growing tiresome.