65 Major Companies Want The NSA To Come Clean On PRISM
Yesterday Microsoft threw their toys out of the cot and attempted to clear some of the air regarding their involvement with the U.S Government and it’s PRISM scheme, which allows the NSA to access private user data from all sorts of places. Today, other companies have taken this move by Microsoft as a call to action, with a large number of corporations joining together to form a coalition, basically taking the fight to the NSA.
Ok, granted that sounds a little bit more hardcore than it really is, but this certainly is a big move by a substantial amount of companies, most of which are massive worldwide names. The alliance is set to request two things from the United States government in terms of PRISM. The first request asks for the ability to regularly report the number of government requests for user data, the number of specific individuals involved in those requests, and how many of those requests ask for specific subscriber data or communications.
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The second is a bit more direct, calling for the NSA to reveal their own reasons for asking for private user data, providing a bit more transparency to the whole situation. Currently, these companies are being ordered by courts to hand over user data, with the NSA using this cloud of secrecy to somewhat shift the blame as well.
A portion of the letter sent to the U.S. Government reads:
“We seek permission for the same information to be made available regarding the government’s national security–related authorities. This information about how and how often the government is using these legal authorities is important to the American people, who are entitled to have an informed public debate about the appropriateness of those authorities and their use.”
This alliance includes 65 companies and corporations, including law firms, non-profit organisations and electronic corporations. Some of the biggest names on-board include Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Twitter and Google.
Does it seem like these companies are purely trying to save some face and expose the real villain here, or are they genuinely concerned about their customers having their data compromised. That’s up to you to decide, but it’s great to see some progress being made.