Et Tu, Silicon Valley?

Attendees line up to enter the Google I/O developers conference at the Moscone Center on May 15, 2013 in San Francisco, California.How PRISM could ruin Apple, Google, and every other big tech company.

Every major tech company that has been reported to be participating in PRISM, the massive surveillance program revealed by the Guardian and Washington Post, has denied involvement in the program. How should we reconcile their denials with the news reports, which include a PowerPoint slide showing that “PRISM collection” started on a specific date for each provider? There are a couple of possibilities. First, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, et al., could be lying. This might be because their spokespeople don’t know what they’re talking about, they aren’t allowed to say anything about the secret program, or they just don’t want to admit that they’re abetting massive surveillance.

The other possibility is that they don’t know they’re part of the program—that the NSA has somehow figured out a way to invade these companies’ private data. In other words, the NSA could be doing to Facebook what Facebook has been doing to us all these years. More

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