) CEO Larry Page reacted to the allegations that the Internet giant
provided the US government access to its customers' private data
through a secret cooperation program codenamed PRISM. The
that just appeared on the official Google Blog is titled "What the
The post, co-authored by Page and Google Chief Legal Officer David
Drummond, states that the company has "not joined any program that
would give the US government - or any other government - direct
access to our servers." It also said that "the US government does
not have direct access or a 'back door' to the information stored
in our data centers. We had not heard of a program called PRISM
"Until this week's reports, we had never heard of the broad type of
) received - an order that appears to have required them to hand
over millions of users' call records. We were very surprised to
learn that such broad orders exist," Page and Drummond said.
"Any suggestion that Google is disclosing information about our
users' Internet activity on such a scale is completely false," they
Authors reiterated that Google provides the information to
governments only in accordance with the law and tries to be as
transparent as possible.
You can read the
whole thing here
The Washington Post
implied that the secret government program codenamed PRISM provided
The National Security Agency and the FBI with the means to directly
tap into the servers of the top nine American Internet businesses,
(AAPL). The companies
denied providing "direct access."
Michael Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch and CrunchFund,
summarized the situation in his
and focused on the similarities of phrasing in the companies'
Investors will be watching carefully to see how the story