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" Top secret PRISM program gives intelligence agency direct access to servers of firms including Google, Facebook and Apple.


The program facilitates extensive, in-depth surveillance on live communications and stored information. The law allows for the targeting of any customers of participating firms who live outside the US, or those Americans whose communications include people outside the US…It also opens the possibility of communications made entirely within the US being collected without warrants….

 The National Security Agency access was enabled by changes to US surveillance law introduced under President Bush and renewed under Obama in December 2012. ……..


Some of the world's largest internet brands are claimed to be part of the information-sharing program since its introduction in 2007. Microsoft – which is currently running an advertising campaign with the slogan "Your privacy is our priority" – was the first, with collection beginning in December 2007.It was followed by Yahoo in 2008; Google, Facebook and PalTalk in 2009; YouTube in 2010; Skype and AOL in 2011; and finally Apple, which joined the program in 2012. The program is continuing to expand, with other providers due to come online...

Collectively, the companies cover the vast majority of online email, search, video and communications networks.
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From the Canadian newspaper "The Globe and Mail"




"Prism appears to be an extension of a similar program put in place during the last days of the George W. Bush presidency. According to classified presentation slides obtained by The Washington Post and The Guardian, Microsoft was the first of the major companies to be included in the program, back in late 2007, followed by Yahoo in 2008, Google, Facebook and PalTalk in 2009, YouTube in 2010, and Skype and AOL in 2011. Most recently, Apple was added in October of 2012. On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama defended the surveillance, saying it was approved by Congress and subject to judicial oversight."


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In French:




Un programme secret de récolte de données d'appels téléphoniques et d'espionnage d'Internet existe au Canada, comme en France, à l'instar de ceux dont la presse a révélé l'existence la semaine dernière aux Etats-Unis, affirme lundi le quotidien canadien The Globe and Mail.