(The Hosting News) – The National Security Agency’s top lawyer, Rajesh De, claims that technology companies were fully aware of the government’s surveillance, reports CNet.
At a hearing on Wednesday at the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, Rajesh indicated that the companies had “full knowledge” that the NSA was collecting data from them through an Internet surveillance program, but just didn’t know what that program was called.
“Prism was an internal government term that as the result of leaks became the public term,” said De at the hearing. “Collection under this program was a compulsory legal process that any recipient company would receive.”
According to Mashable, PRISM was one of the first documents to be leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
A few of the companies that reportedly had full knowledge of PRISM include Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, YouTube, AOL, Apple, Facebook, Skype, and PalTalk.
Since Snowden started leaking these documents last year, these tech giants have repeatedly denied any knowledge of these surveillance programs.
“[W]e had never heard of the broad type of order that Verizon received — an order that appears to have required them to hand over millions of users’ call records,” said Google CEO Larry Page.
Facebook added that it “[does] not provide any government organization with direct access to Facebook servers,” while Apple claims they have “never heard” of PRISM.