The NSA which is also known as the National Security Agency and the FBI are getting access directly into the main servers of the nine Popular U.S Internet Companies.
They are continuously fetching audio and video chats, Photographs, e-mails, Documents, and all the connection logs which allow the agency to track the foreign targets. All of the things are unveiled by The Washington Post.
The program through which all of the things are becoming possible for the agencies is PRISM, and it has not been made public until now.
If talk about NSA so they are feeling proud of themselves on stealing secrets and breaking codes. It is also been said that NSA is extracting all the data it wants, and there are following 9 internet companies including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.
All of the peoples who are using these services are not safe and should think about the scenario for once.
One the Famous U.K Publications the Guardian also reported that GCHQ, Britain’s equivalent of the NSA, also in the same process of fetching and storing data from the same companies through an operation set up by the NSA.
The documents got by the Guardian tells that PRISM would appear to allow GCHQ to complete the formal process required in Britain to gather all the personal data such as emails, photos, and videos.
The secret program PRISM was founded in the time of President George W .Bush. It was warrantless domestic surveillance in 2007, and later the court forces the president to look for new authority.
This is one side of the story now let’s dive into the other side of the story which is the internet companies. So I am mentioning the response of internet companies on this issue.
According to the Chief Security Officer of Facebook,
“We do not provide any government organization with direct access to Facebook Servers”.
When the question was raised for data and information about specific individuals, they replied that we only provide information to all those required by law, and is compatible with all applicable laws.
A spokesman from Apple said that,
“We have never heard of PRISM” He further said that, “We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any of the government agency demands for customer data, they must get a court order in response”.
A spokesman from Google said that “Google Cares deeply about the security of the user’s data” He further said that, “We disclose users data to the government only if it meets the law, and we also review such requests carefully.”
He also mentioned that people mostly thought that Google has created a back door for the government into the system, but Google does not have a “Back door” for the government to access private user data.
According to Microsoft,
We provide customer data only when we receive a legally binding order or subpoena to do so, and never on a voluntary basis. In addition, we only ever comply with orders for requests about specific accounts or identifiers. If the government has a broader voluntary national security program to gather customer data we don’t participate in it.
According to Yahoo,
“Yahoo! takes users’ privacy very seriously,” the company said in a statement. “We do not provide the government with direct access to our servers, systems, or network.”