According to The Guardian, the National Security Agency (NSA) paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of being Prism compliant to companies such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook. When asked, the answers by these companies to the allegations did not match the working relationship described by the NSA.
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 actual price for building a 'personal Google for everyone, everywhere' would in fact be zero privacy for everyone, everywhere."|
|How Facebook is Impersonating People Without Their Consent|
|Spy Agencies Use 'Angry Birds' to Determine Users' Age, Location and Sexual Orientation|
|“There’s now a very large dataset of carefully curated photos of people from roughly 10 years ago and now.”|
|“Keeping trust is glorious and breaking trust is disgraceful.”|
|“The idea of the self-empowered Uber driver or Airbnb host is a rarity if not an outright myth.”|
|“It is financially insane to buy anything other than a Tesla.”|
|Be an Unfucker|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|Fake Name Generator|
|U.S.S. Enterprise Owner's Manual|
|“Impossible Aerospace founder and CEO Spencer Gore hopes to make self-flying electric planes.”|
|“The deadlines aren't the problem. It's our failure to heed them.”|
|Recycled Vacuum Lamps|
|Naked Preacher Lady [NSFW]|