Every Tech Company Is Denying NSA Spying

Note the very careful wording.

1. Facebook: Denies providing direct access to the government.

Chief security officer Joe Sullivan told Forbes :

“Protecting the privacy of our users and their data is a top priority for 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.”

2. Google: Denies a government back door.

Mike Blake / Reuters

Here’s the statement they’ve issued to mulitple outlets:

“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.”

3. Apple: Denies any knowledge of PRISM.

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

The company told CNBC: “We have never heard of prism. We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers.”

4. PalTalk: Denies ever hearing of PRISM.

“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.”

5. Microsoft: Denies, with exception to binding government orders or supoenas.

Rick Wilking / Reuters

“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.”

6. Yahoo: Denies providing direct access to servers, systems, or network.

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

7. AOL: Denies knowlege of the PRISM program.

“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.”

8. We’ll update with more as they appear.


Still awaiting responses from Skype and others. Will add as they become available.

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