PRISM data collection happens without tech companies’ knowledge, says Washington Post


In the ongoing discussion of PRISM and the NSA’s data-collection tactics, much debate has raged over the phrase “direct access,” as companies have denied allowing the government unfettered access to their data and servers. Now the Washington Post is reporting that while the access may not be constant, it is very much at the government’s control. Companies have evidently set up secure portals outside their own servers, which is accessed at the NSA’s discretion and even without the knowledge of the company in question.

From their workstations anywhere in the world, government employees cleared for PRISM access may “task” the system and receive results from an Internet company without further interaction with the company’s staff.


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