Over the past few weeks, I've heard a few stories about Google or Twitter employees letting it slip that they can check your email or read your DMs—the kind of hushed anecdotes that are hard to prove. But, somehow, Google's statement denying recent allegations makes that NSA-fueled paranoia feel more concrete.
Google says it's not giving the NSA direct access to your life online. Edward Snowden says otherwise. Either way, Google is upfront about one thing: it wants to disclose as much of its government cooperation as possible, if only it were allowed. So why have they never bothered lobbying congress about this, ever?
Zuck says he doesn't work directly with NSA or any other program" to "PROACTIVELY" give user information
No one knows what Palantir—named after a magical rock in Lord of The Rings that granted remote vision—exactly does. But we know enough to know it's not just another California startup. The secretive data-mining company works directly with the American government, has a product named "Prism," and some very close ties to Facebook, one of the NSA's top targets.