Facebook And Apple On PRISM Scandal
Posted: June 18, 2013 by Maja Johnson
With the cat definitely out of the bag and very much alive, it was a smart move for most of the Internet giants to let things cool off before going public with official statements.
When the news hit the Internet and went viral, every large Internet and tech company rushed to deny their involvement in what is probably the biggest privacy scandal in the US, ever. Companies like Facebook, Apple, and others, felt the consequences of the PRISM scandal as millions of people felt betrayed by companies who are part of our everyday lives.
Now with a week passed, most of the companies involved have issued official statements about the PRISM and the NSA.
Apple has stated that they are unaware of PRISM or the NSA. However, in their official statement, they have received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests involving 10,000 Apple accounts or Apple devices from December 2012 to May 2013. Officials at Apple state that every government request has to be accompanied by an official court order and that all requests are thoroughly revised by their legal team. Once the evaluation is finished, the company would release only basic information. Most of the information requested was about police investigations, robberies, missing children, and sick people who want to commit suicide.
Facebook has also revealed data on Government requests in the same period. Facebook received between 9,000 and 10,000 requests regarding 18-19,000 accounts for the six months in question.
After having seriously negotiating with the NSA authorities, it seems that both Facebook and Apple were allowed to disclose the number of requests they had received. Both companies are, however, denying that the Government or any of its Agencies have had any access to their servers ever.