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NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies

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posted on Aug, 23 2013 @ 09:50 AM
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Guardian and Snowden continue to kick in


The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism surveillance program after a court ruled that some of the agency's activities were unconstitutional, according to top-secret material passed to the Guardian.



The technology companies, which the NSA says includes Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook, incurred the costs to meet new certification demands in the wake of the ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Fisa) court.





An NSA newsletter entry, marked top secret and dated December 2012, discloses the huge costs this entailed. "Last year's problems resulted in multiple extensions to the certifications' expiration dates which cost millions of dollars for Prism providers to implement each successive extension – costs covered by Special Source Operations," it says.







The disclosure that taxpayers' money was used to cover the companies' compliance costs raises new questions over the relationship between Silicon Valley and the NSA. Since the existence of the program was first revealed by the Guardian and the Washington Post on June 6, the companies have repeatedly denied all knowledge of it and insisted they only hand over user data in response to specific legal requests from the authorities.




An earlier newsletter, which is undated, states that the Prism providers were all given new certifications within days of the Fisa court ruling. "All Prism providers, except Yahoo and Google, were successfully transitioned to the new certifications. We expect Yahoo and Google to complete transitioning by Friday 6 October."





The Guardian invited the companies to respond to the new material and asked each one specific questions about the scale of the costs they incurred, the form of the reimbursement and whether they had received any other payments from the NSA in relation to the Prism program.

Only Yahoo answered :


A Yahoo spokesperson said: "Federal law requires the US government to reimburse providers for costs
incurred to respond to compulsory legal process imposed by the government. We have requested reimbursement consistent with this law."


Google did not answer any of the specific questions put to it, and provided only a general statement denying it had joined Prism or any other surveillance program

Microsoft declined to give a response on the record.


The Guardian informed the White House, the NSA and the office of the director of national intelligence that it planned to publish the documents and asked whether the spy agency routinely covered all the costs of the Prism providers and what the annual cost was to the US. The NSA declined to comment beyond requesting the redaction of the name of an individual staffer in one of the documents.


www.theguardian.com...




posted on Aug, 23 2013 @ 10:19 AM
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It seems these companies are complicit in the theft of our privacy.

They knew what the government was doing.

Our rights are for sale and these companies were quick to sell us out.



posted on Aug, 23 2013 @ 10:44 AM
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Originally posted by whyamIhere
It seems these companies are complicit in the theft of our privacy.

They knew what the government was doing.

Our rights are for sale and these companies were quick to sell us out.


Yep , and we payed them to spy on us with tax money.

Terms and Conditions you checked when you got your Yahoo of Gmail account or any other service are total lie.
Class-action lawsuits are on the way.

Lavabit founder: 'My own tax dollars are being used to spy on me'

www.theguardian.com...



posted on Aug, 23 2013 @ 11:25 AM
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As a commenter below the line put it:


Big Government + Big Business - Public Accountability = Fascism


She also mentions her boyfriend working for one of these companies and that contrary to their pr statements that they value the privacy of their users, they were hardly kicking and screaming to comply but willing ( eager even) to cooperate with the government.

Thank you Edward Snowden (and the Guardian) for the proof. These companies would still be denying the existence of Prism if it weren't for you!



posted on Aug, 23 2013 @ 01:36 PM
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NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies




It would almost be comical if it weren't so diabolical.

We paid thru our taxes for our own demise into fascism.


edit on 23-8-2013 by olaru12 because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 23 2013 @ 01:55 PM
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Didn't I say the other day that you don't bite the hand that feeds you? Not surprised by this in the slightest because whereas asking them to do something for "the good of national security" is nice and all but can be refused on moral grounds. However, when you throw in millions of dollars, well then it's one's civic duty to assist one's nation...Just think, paying for the accumulation of data on all of us is bit of our deficit.

I'd like a refund.



posted on Aug, 23 2013 @ 03:59 PM
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How much more information needs to come out for US Americans to rise up and demand the defunding and elimination of the NSA? I find it hard to believe that US citizens cannot organise themselves so as to demand from the House and the Senate the elimination of these budgets to these unaccountable spy agencies.



posted on Sep, 12 2013 @ 03:25 AM
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So is there any way to know 'when' our privacy has been compromised on facebook?? I realize we have pretty much no privacy on there already but are there any companies spying on the spies? lol







 
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