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Google Denies Involvement In NSA Spying Program

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Google issued several strongly-worded statements over the weekend, denying any involvement in or knowledge of blanket demands for data from the government. The reaction to reports of the programs, known as PRISM and Boundless Informant, is a strong contrast to the immediate confirmations from both government and private companies of the NSA data collection of Verizon customers.

On Friday, Google CEO Larry Page and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond wrote on the company’s official blog that no government had direct or “back door” access to their servers or data. They added that they “had not heard of a program called PRISM” until the day before.

The post is titled “What the…?”

Google did confirm that they receive individual requests for user data, and consider them carefully:

[W]e provide user data to governments only in accordance with the law. Our legal team reviews each and every request, and frequently pushes back when requests are overly broad or don’t follow the correct process. Press reports that suggest that Google is providing open-ended access to our users’ data are false, period.

On Saturday, Drummond added a separate post on Google+, trying to be even more blunt:

We cannot say this more clearly—the government does not have access to Google servers—not directly, or via a back door, or a so-called drop box. Nor have we received blanket orders of the kind being discussed in the media. It is quite wrong to insinuate otherwise.

The existence of PRISM was reported by the Washington Post and the Guardian on Thursday. A statement from National Intelligence Director James Clapper confirmed the program, but not specific actions. He also said there were numerous unspecified inaccuracies in the report. Facebook and Apple also denied any knowledge of or involvement with the project.

In comparison, reports of the NSA mining data from Verizon were quickly confirmed by the White House, senators, and Verizon itself.

[via CNET]

 

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