• Jared

    Of course they all deny it, it’s a TS//SI program. There are probably very few people at these companies that know of its existence, and those that do know about it can’t say anything.

  • Michael Ellis Day

    There’s a lot of elbow room for plausible deniability in those denials. “We have never heard of PRISM” may simply mean “no one ever used that acronym to anyone at our company.” And “we do not provide the government with direct access” may mean “we don’t hold the front door open for them, but if they stand near the window and look inside, we choose not to notice it.”

    On the other hand, each of these companies must take a longer view than any administration — they want to think decades ahead, not just as far as the next election. It’s hard to imagine them being intimidated by a government agency too easily, especially knowing this would come out eventually. If they’re cooperating with the NSA it hurts their standing with every non-US market, and every other government would want the same privileges. Then their product becomes swiss cheese and they’re out of business altogether anyway.

    I can see a really strong argument either way and no clue to work out which one is more accurate.

  • http://jobappplus.com/ Alex Miklin

    Interesting.

  • apfwebs

    Google cares deeply about user privacy. (Your name, please?)