Latest News Syria: Facebook condemns online spying

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‘The freedoms we all cherish’

Jun 8, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO: Google chief Larry Page and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg condemned online spying and called for governments to be more revealing about snooping on the internet.

“We understand that the US and other governments need to take action to protect their citizens’ safety — including sometimes by using surveillance,” Google chief and co-founder Larry Page said in a blog post.

“But the level of secrecy around the current legal procedures undermines the freedoms we all cherish.”

Page put his personal stamp on the California-based internet giant’s denial that it allowed US intelligence agencies to mine data from its servers.

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg did likewise in a statement posted online later in the day.

“Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers,” he said.

“We have never received a blanket request or court order from any government agency asking for information or metadata in bulk… And if we did, we would fight it aggressively.”

Google, Facebook and other technology firms have vehemently denied that they knowingly took part in a secret program called PRISM that gave the National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI backdoors into servers.

“We have not joined any program that would give the US government or any other government direct access to our servers,” Page said.

“Indeed, the US government does not have direct access or a ‘backdoor’ to the information stored in our data centers… We had not heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday.”

The program was reportedly set up in 2007 and has grown to become the most prolific contributor to President Barack Obama’s Daily Brief, the US leader’s top-secret daily intelligence briefing.

Some of the biggest firms in Silicon Valley were involved in the program, including Apple, AOL, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, PalTalk, Skype, Yahoo and YouTube, reports said.

Internet titans contacted by AFP denied providing intelligence agencies with backdoors to networks and held firm that they only cooperated with legal “frontdoor” requests for information.

“This episode confirms what we have long believed — there needs to be a more transparent approach,” Page said.

Google routinely publishes transparency reports listing numbers of requests for user data by governments and how they were handled.

“We strongly encourage all governments to be much more transparent about all programs aimed at keeping the public safe,” Zuckerberg said, speaking on behalf of the leading social network.

“It’s the only way to protect everyone’s civil liberties and create the safe and free society we all want over the long term.”

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/internet/Google-Facebook-condemn-online-spying/articleshow/20489190.cms

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Photo: February 17, 2011 – President Barack Obama joins a toast with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and other technology executives at a dinner in Woodside, California.
The “Day of Rage” in Libya and by Libyans in exile was planned for February 17, 2011…

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One Response to Latest News Syria: Facebook condemns online spying

  1. kruitvat says:

    US Secretly Mining Data from Web Giants

    7 Jun 2013

    US intelligence agencies are accessing the servers of nine Internet giants as part of a secret data mining program likely to fuel fresh debate about government surveillance, it was reported Thursday.

    The Washington Post reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI had direct access to servers which allowed them to track an individual’s web presence via audio, video, photographs, emails and connection logs.

    Some of the biggest firms in Silicon Valley were involved in the program, including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Apple, PalTalk, AOL, Skype and YouTube, reports said.

    The newspaper cited details of a briefing on the top secret program — known as PRISM — intended for analysts at the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate in April.

    The program was set up in 2007 and has grown “exponentially” to the point where it is now the most prolific contributor to President Barack Obama’s Daily Brief, the US leader’s top-secret daily intelligence briefing.

    The Post revelations, also reported by British newspaper The Guardian, come amid a furor over the government’s monitoring of phone communications, which had reopened debate over surveillance methods first adopted by George W. Bush’s administration after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

    The report came after it emerged that the US intelligence community under Obama is pursuing the wide-scale monitoring of millions of Americans’ cell phone records, a move decried as “Orwellian” by civil liberty groups.

    The Guardian said PRISM allowed the intelligence community to collect information such as search history, emails, file transfers and live chats.

    Although the leaked document indicated the program had been sanctioned by the companies involved, several denied any knowledge of it. Google dismissed suggestions it had opened a “back door” for intelligence agencies.

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