|Jun 6, 2013, 05:35 PM||#1|
Intelligence Program Gives US Government Direct Access to Customer Data on Apple Servers [Update: Apple Denies]
The Guardian and The Washington Post newspapers are reporting on a top secret intelligence program that gives the U.S. National Security Agency direct access to user data on corporate servers across a wide spectrum of Internet companies including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple.
Apple reportedly joined the program in 2012, though Microsoft has been involved since 2007. It is unknown how or why Apple resisted joining the program for five years, nor why it decided to join in 2012. Twitter is noticeably absent from the list of companies, while Dropbox is said to be "coming soon".
Update: An Apple spokesperson gave this statement to AllThingsD:
Data from the program, code-named PRISM, is frequently used in the President's Daily Brief -- a daily intelligence report for the U.S. President -- with PDB briefings citing PRISM data 1,477 times last year. The Post reports that data from PRISM accounts for nearly 1 in 7 intelligence reports.
From The Washington Post:
Theoretically, the program is used to obtain data on foreign operatives, but it is possible for the NSA to scoop up untold amounts of data related to American citizens as well.
The Guardian reported earlier today that the National Security Agency is collecting call logs from Verizon Business Network Services "on an ongoing daily basis" on all calls "between the United States and abroad" or "wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls." The data includes "the numbers of both parties on a call [...], as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls".
Update 7:41 PM: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has issued a press release noting that the Washington Post and Guardian reports contain "numerous inaccuracies" and indicating that any data collection is limited to non-U.S. citizens located outside of the United States.
Article Link: Intelligence Program Gives US Government Direct Access to Customer Data on Apple Servers [Update: Apple Denies]
|Jun 6, 2013, 05:39 PM||#6|
I support the MacRumors Blood Drive!
|Jun 6, 2013, 05:40 PM||#7|
|Jun 6, 2013, 05:44 PM||#10|
First off....Google's a bunch of freaking liars. Flatly denied any involvement in any sort of program like this earlier this year.
Secondly...is anyone really surprised? The Internet is a great tool, but any sort of sense of privacy erodes away more and more each day. We store a lot of data on other people's servers and do it in the name of convenience without giving it much of a thought. We are now seeing what we all really should have seen coming....that our convenience comes at a price.
9-11 was a terrible day and one that undoubtedly left a scar. We made a lot of mistakes in the aftermath that we would be best served to undo, starting with the Patriot Act. Ketchup may be too far out of the bottle at this point though.
|Jun 6, 2013, 05:46 PM||#14|
Not that I like the fact they have access, but can you imagine the power/knowledge they posses having this access. That assumes they know how to use it.
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|Jun 6, 2013, 05:50 PM||#17|
Can even the most (blind) and denying loyal Obama followers admit: Obama dun goofed.
Between this and Verizon, AP tapping, Benghazi coverups (don't bother overexaggerating it, it was a 9/11 off shore, even on 9/11, but anyways...) that has whistleblowers jobs threatened from coming forward, awesome sauce, NDAA to allow indefinite detention of prisoners WITHOUT due process signed on New Year's Eve when Obama promised to veto it, the politically discrimating IRS, whose head visited WH 157 times (of course Obama knew about it, you thought he learned about it when mainstream media reported it? He is president, come on, he was/is in on it), electing Rice as a national security adviser, THIS IS INSANE.
something needs to be done immediately. I don't think the American people can be afford to be passive anymore.
He is not a democrat. he is something straight out of 1984.
|Jun 6, 2013, 05:54 PM||#20|
btw this Obamacare (which I assure you is no AppleCare even on its worst day) is going to be run by the IRS.
Our national health coverage. Run. by. IRS. The neutral and loving. I.R.S.
yeaaaah..... Good luck getting sick.
|Jun 6, 2013, 05:55 PM||#22|
this is what comforts me knowing there are some truly sane people still left in this country that sees past the painted image.
it truly is all a mirage, ever since America's first great failure... Vietnam
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|Jun 6, 2013, 05:58 PM||#24|
Although I may not always reply to negative comments, this will not necessarily mean that I concede the point.
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