The chief executives of Facebook and Google have agreed to share their opinion on the NSA controversy during an interview released on late Friday. Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page have denied all the recent allegations claiming that they have provided users’ data to the National Security Agency, the Associated Press reports.
Facebook and Google, two of the most popular companies on the Internet at present have been under the public’s scrutiny after the Guardian revealed that multiple online companies were forced to provide information about their users to the National Security Agency. Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s chief executive, Larry Page have agreed to discuss the ardent subject with reporters at USA Today during an interview held on Friday’s evening.
The two chief executives denied any relation of their companies with the federal agency. Facebook’s CEO told the press that his social network has never been involved in a program developed by the U.S government. Moreover, Zuckerberg was very surprised when reporters described the PRISM surveillance program and declared that it was for the first time when the program was mentioned to him.
Google’s CEO, Larry Page and legal representative, David Drummond had a similar reaction to the news. They made their opinion public during a blog post entitled “What the…?” which was published on their website last week. Apple, the other Internet giant, was just as surprised as the rest of the company when confronted with the official document uncovered by the Guardian.
The PowerPoint presentation that the Guardian posted last week was meant to show the young intelligence how to use the PRISM program. Even though the names of some of the most important companies on the Internet were present in the document, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple claim they have no connection with the NSA or the FBI whatsoever.
Rohan Williamson, professor of finance at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has a different opinion; he explains that federal agencies can tap into the systems of Internet companies due to the Patriot Act and its subsequent extensions. Unlike advertising companies which use the information to target ads, government agencies gather data to monitor terrorist activity and prevent attacks.