“After the news broke yesterday about a secret government surveillance program called PRISM, the companies named in the news reports — led by Google, Apple, and Facebook — responded with denials,” Meghan Kelly writes for VentureBeat. “In effect, they were saying two things: We do not give the government direct access to our servers. And we’ve never heard of PRISM. Some added a third point: We want more sunlight on this issue, too.”

“These denials of the report all seem oddly similar, with Facebook chiming in most recently to also say it hasn’t heard of PRISM,” Kelly writes.

• They aren’t accessing our servers directly
• We have never heard of PRISM
• We want more transparency

“We appreciate that these companies want transparency. They, like us, are probably bruised to be included in a data collection program like this,” Kelly writes. “But it’s important to realize that these statements don’t prove or disprove their involvement in a wider program like PRISM.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We haven’t seen this much ass-covering since Mike Daisey got fitted for new jeans.

(bah dum chhhh!)

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