Reports from the press regarding a secret U.S. government program known as PRISM had surfaced on the web recently. The reports claimed that this secret program would allow the National Security Agency direct access to the servers of Google, among many other tech companies. The news spread so quickly that Google’s CEO Larry Page and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond took to Google’s official blog to tell the world the truth.
And the truth is, it’s all lies.
The blog post published on Google’s official blog clearly notes that Google has not joined any such programs nor does the U.S. or any other government has direct or indirect (read: back door) access to its servers where user’s information are stored. Google denied any knowledge of such a program until yesterday (June 6, 2013) when the report surfaced on the web.
Earlier, The New York Times among other publications reported that a secret program called PRISM required Verizon to hand over millions’ of users call records to the government. The article implied that Google and other tech companies received a similar orders and that the companies may allow the government a backdoor access to their servers.
Google denied all these reports clearly and stated that the company provides government with data only when it follows all the legal procedures. The blog post also includes a link to the Transparency Report where the company publishes how it handles data requests from the U.S. government.
With all these hypes about Google giving the government access to its servers, it was the perfect time for the Google CEO to go What the… and write clearly what’s true and what’s not.