What is PRISM?

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What is PRISM?

PRISM was first posted a few nights ago by the Washington Post and the Guardian. According to them, PRISM is a previously unknown program in the United States that the NSA & FBI created to access data by some of the world's largest internet companies. PRISM obtains data with detailed information about online activity such as email's or live chats

PRISM gives the government access to your data.

PRISM was supposedly created to monitor foreign communications in an attempt to prevent attacks and similar events, however according to gizmodo, it covers a much wider range of internet monitoring.

What is PRISM?

Some Companies Involved:

  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Microsoft
  • Apple
  • Yahoo
  • Skype

PRISM has supposedly been going on since about 2007 and was originally passed by President George Bush. It was then renewed last year by Barack Obama. The recent data emerged through a secret NSA presentation to the staff. It talks about direct collection from servers of the internet providers.

All companies involved have denied knowledge of the program, and say they will do their best to protect your data. Is that really the truth though? According to the latest opinion article on techcrunch, these companies are disguising the truth, to a degree.

Personally, PRISM seems to be a huge violation of privacy to me. I am appalled that something like this is legal. So far the government does not seem to feel very bad about this. I sure as hell do though!

With the end of this post, I leave you with a bit of humor. With credit to reddit of course.

What is PRISM?