According to The Guardian, the NSA's general counsel Rajesh De reports that, despite their shock and denial, Internet giants like Yahoo, Google and Apple "were fully aware of the surveillance agencys widespread collection of data," they just didn't know it was called Prism.
The senior lawyer for the National Security Agency stated unequivocally on Wednesday that US technology companies were fully aware of the surveillance agencys widespread collection of data, contradicting months of angry denials from the firms.
Rajesh De, the NSA general counsel, said all communications content and associated metadata harvested by the NSA under a 2008 surveillance law occurred with the knowledge of the companies ? both for the internet collection program known as Prism and for the so-called upstream collection of communications moving across the internet.
Asked during a Wednesday hearing of the US governments institutional privacy watchdog if collection under the law, known as Section 702 or the Fisa Amendments Act, occurred with the full knowledge and assistance of any company from which information is obtained, De replied: Yes.
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