Now Apple, Google, Facebook: Will PRISM Scandal Dog Democrats in 2016? - Page 2
While Apple has revealed that it has received only limited permission to share government requests for data with its customers, Facebook and Microsoft have asked for a much broader ability to reveal requests.
While some prominent Democrats appear to have joined Republicans in pointing fingers at President Obama, some bloggers feel that it is Congress who ought to take the blame, for having a lack of enthusiasm about learning more about the process of homeland surveillance.
According to Facebook’s online response, “... we’ve repeatedly called for governments worldwide to be willing to provide more details about programs aimed at keeping the public safe. We’ve also urged them to allow companies to divulge appropriate information about government orders and requests that we receive, in a manner that does not compromise legitimate security concerns.”
Facebook’s governmental data request hit: 9,000 - 10,000 requests in the last half of 2012, for a total of 18,000 - 19,000 affected accounts. I suppose the bigger the target, the more holes in it... For Facebook’s part, it appears they are resisting what they consider to be overreaching requests on behalf of the Obama Administration.
While anger at this point is still firmly lodged at the providers of online services, many understand that Facebook, Google, Microsoft and others are simply complying with the law, in accordance with the tiny print we all agreed to in their privacy policies.
Google, Apple, Facebook and others will continue to push the blame off to others, as they should, given they are simply complying with the laws Congress made. Expect a resurgence of political accusations to fly in a few short years, however, along with aspirations for Senatorial seats and even the Presidency. PRISM is not over, by a long shot.
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