The Guardian and The Washington Post newspapers are reporting on a top secret intelligence program that gives the U.S. National Security Agency direct access to user data on corporate servers across a wide spectrum of Internet companies including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple,” Jordan Golson reports for MacRumors.

“Apple reportedly joined the program in 2012, though Microsoft has been involved since 2007,” Golson reports. “It is unknown how or why Apple resisted joining the program for five years, nor why it decided to join in 2012. Twitter is noticeably absent from the list of companies, while Dropbox is said to be ‘coming soon.'”

Golson reports, “An Apple spokesperson gave this statement to AllThingsD: We have never heard of PRISM. We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer data must get a court order.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]