Response to Revelations of NSA’s Data Collection Program: From Denial to Nonchalance

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As the nation comes to grip with the news that the National Security Agency has engaged in various surveillance programs that capture and catalog information like phone call records and the Internet data, reactions have ranged from near denials to outrage to nonchalance.

Companies who have been named in secret documents as having been a part of PRISM—Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, AOL and Apple, among them—began to do damage control.

Apple claimed it has neither “never heard of PRISM,” nor does it provide a government agency with direct access to its servers: “Any government agency requesting customer data must get a court order.” Similarly, Microsoft, which owns Skype, said it has never provided customer data to the government, and only does so in a legally binding court order. “We only ever comply with orders for requests about specific accounts or identifiers,” the statement reads. “If the government…

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