I can’t say that I’m not all too surprised with the damaging news to hit the web today, that the U.S. Government is secretly spying on citizens using 9-top Internet companies.
The news comes right on the heels of the revelation that the NSA was secretly tapping into Verizon to collect phone call records of all Verizon users. All data outside of actual phone call conversations was mined. Now even worse, it’s been discovered through an anonymous whistleblower, described as a career intelligence officer, to the Washington Post, that the NSA is secretly data mining user data from 9-top Internet companies.
The 9-top companies are Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple. All of which at this time either deny the allegations, or state they aren’t aware of such secret user data mining. Some of the user data that is captured is: email, video and voice chat, videos, photos, voice-over-IP (Skype) chats, file transfers, social networking details and account information, and more.
When you think it can’t get any worse, it does. In the WashPost report, it states that the Government is tapping directly into the servers of these companies and pulling this private user data. The Guardian also writes:
The PRISM program allows the NSA, the world’s largest surveillance organisation, to obtain targeted communications without having to request them from the service providers and without having to obtain individual court orders.
So if it’s true that the companies aren’t knowingly cooperating with the PRISM government spying program, it means that the Government is secretly stealing this data and combing through it without a legal warrant.
Below are a few slides from the 41-page Powerpoint Presentation which is part of the report which detail pieces of the secret NSA PRISM spying program. The best word to describe this report and details that the Government is secretly stealing, mining, and researching all our private data is: SCARY.