U.S. intelligence agencies collecting data from Apple servers, others

U.S. intelligence agencies collecting data the servers from Apple, others

The National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are gathering data directly from Apple and eight other tech companies in the United States. Code-named PRISM, the program collects data directly from the servers of companies including Apple, AOL, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, PalTalk, Skype, Yahoo, and YouTube. GCHQ, the British equivalent of the NSA, also appears to be obtaining this data. Data collected includes emails, phone records, chat transcripts, video calls, and more.

So far, Apple, Google, Facebook, and others deny direct participation in PRISM. The congressional leaders and President Obama have spoken to reassure the public that the program is targeted on foreign communications and is meant as a tool to fight terror. PRISM is an outgrowth of the domestic intelligence-gathering efforts of the Bush Administration; it started in 2007 and is reauthorized by Congress every three months.

There's a lot that's still unclear about PRISM and to how these companies are participating. This information just came to light yesterday, and there's still much to sift through until we have a better picture. We'll do our best to keep you updated as we learn more.

Source: The Washington Post

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U.S. intelligence agencies collecting data from Apple servers, others


It is quite clear non-US companies and organizations should not use Apple mobile products for business. All their data will otherwise be made available via Apple to US intelligence, flinging the door open for pretty devastating industrial epsionage.

It is trolling, singling out apple, on an apple centric website. Either way the real story is that they are collecting EVERYTHING we do, phones, email, public space surveillance, Internet, absolutely everything. No matter your device, or where they are collecting and mining our data.

And you're being overly defensive towards Apple. In the recent past iMore has come up with several posts about how the iPhone and the iPad are taking over businesses previously dominated by competitors, so yeah, its fair game to single out Apple here.

The issue of the privacy of non-US companies using American networks and their information ending up in the hands of the US Government has just been raised on BBC Newsnight here in the UK. Apple will have to now explain why they joined ths programme last year and assure their overseas business customers that their data is safe with Apple. If Apple cannot issue this assurance then I would suggest moving a non-US company like BlackBerry.

By that logic they shouldn't use Microsoft or Google or any other American company either, all of which according to the leaked slides have been providing this data to the NSA for many years longer than Apple which was added to the list just last year.

Also its not industrial espionage (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_espionage) as this is the National Security Agency collecting the data.

Apparently all y'all have totally missed the existance of the Utah Data Center, located just outside Bluffdale, Utah. This NSA Mothership's sole task is to intercept, collect, and retain ALL forms of communication regardless of origin .. Apple, Google, Jakes Grocery, Amsterdam Headshop, et al, are not included in the permission loop. Its to late, They already know ....
Source: Wired Magazine 03/2012, Bingit, Googleit, or head in the sand.