Tech company & telecom reactions to PRISM

Here’s the running list of comment the key players have given CNN on PRISM.

And here’s our explainer on the current state of speculation: How PRISM worked — 3 theories

Microsoft (also Skype): “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.”

Yahoo: ”Yahoo! takes users’ privacy very seriously. We do not provide the government with direct access to our servers, systems, or network.”

Facebook: “We do not provide any government organization with direct access to Facebook servers. When Facebook is asked for data or information about specific individuals, we carefully scrutinize any such request for compliance with all applicable laws, and provide information only to the extent required by law.”

Mark Zuckerberg has a longer post about the “outrageous press reports.” 

Apple:  “We have never heard of PRISM. We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer data must get a court order.”

Google (also YouTube): "Google cares deeply about the security of our users’ data. We disclose user data to government in accordance with the law, and we review all such requests carefully. From time to time, people allege that we have created a government ‘back door’ into our systems, but Google does not have a ‘back door’ for the government to access private user data."

Google has a blog post here: “What the …?

AOL: ”We do not have any knowledge of the Prism program. We do not disclose user information to government agencies without a court order, subpoena or formal legal process, nor do we provide any government agency with access to our servers.” (posted on AOL’s blog)

PalTalk: "We have not heard of PRISM. Paltalk exercises extreme care to protect and secure users’ data, only responding to court orders as required to by law. Paltalk does not provide any government agency with direct access to its servers."

Is it possible the intercepts are happening at the telecom level and the tech companies themselves really didn’t know? Here’s what the nation’s biggest ISPs had to say when we asked for their comments on PRISM involvement.

Verizon: “We have no comment.” 

AT&T: “We have no comment.”

Time Warner Cable: “We are not familiar with the NSA’s PRISM program.”

Comcast: “Comcast learned of the PRISM program in media reports.  We only respond to government requests for customer information pursuant to legal process and have not received any court orders or subpoenas related to PRISM.”

And to deal with one conspiracy theory that popped up this morning about Palantir, a government contractor deeply involved in spooky stuff: they say their Prism system is unrelated to NSA’s. Here’s the statement they gave CNN:

Palintir: “Palantir’s Prism platform is completely unrelated to any US government program of the same name. Prism is Palantir’s name for a data integration technology used in the Palantir Metropolis platform (formerly branded as Palantir Finance).  This software has been licensed to banks and hedge funds for quantitative analysis and research. You can read more about Palantir Metropolis on our website and explore the platform here:

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