Did anyone in their right mind really think the massive secret surveillance of Verizon customers’ phone records was just an isolated case? Wrong. The NSA is also tapping into the systems of internet giants to mine user data, the Guardian reports. The program, known as PRISM, “claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Facebook and Apple.” It has been in operation since 2007. PRISM allows “officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats,” the Guardian reports.
The NSA access was enabled by changes to US surveillance law introduced under President Bush and renewed under Obama in December 2012.
The program facilitates extensive, in-depth surveillance on live communications and stored information. The law allows for the targeting of any customers of participating firms who live outside the US, or those Americans whose communications include people outside the US. It also opens the possibility of communications made entirely within the US being collected without warrants.
June is off to a bad start for the Obama Administration, just like the month of May, when all hell broke loose once the AP and IRS scandals hit the airwaves. Source: Guardian
I always wondered why President Obama was so chummy with the top guys at Google and Facebook. Wonder what each man knew about the PRISM program. The tech giants have vehemently denied having any knowledge the NSA was tapping into their servers.