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Larry Page repeats denial of Google involvement with PRISM, calls for more transparency

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Larry Page repeats denial of Google involvement with PRISM, calls for more transparency
Google was quick to deny any involvement with the NSA's PRISM program, and especially any ideas that Google had built a "back door" for the government to grab user data, but CEO Larry Page wanted to reiterate that denial and add a few more details to the mix. Not only is Page denying any Google involvement with such a program, but he's also calling for more transparency in these matters.

Page assures users that no government has access to Google servers and Google data, and says that no one at Google had even "heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday." Page reiterated that Google only provides data "in accordance with the law" (although in the Patriot Act era, PRISM could very well be lawful), and commented directly on the Verizon reports:
Until this week’s reports, we had never heard of the broad type of order that Verizon received—an order that appears to have required them to hand over millions of users’ call records. We were very surprised to learn that such broad orders exist. Any suggestion that Google is disclosing information about our users’ Internet activity on such a scale is completely false.

Of course, Page also found the time to pat Google on the back over its Transparency Reports, before calling for more transparency overall:
We understand that the U.S. and other governments need to take action to protect their citizens’ safety—including sometimes by using surveillance. But the level of secrecy around the current legal procedures undermines the freedoms we all cherish.

source: Google Blog

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posted on 07 Jun 2013, 21:40 8

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 12643; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Larry is lying his butt off. Everyone who denies involvement, is deeply involved. Google has notorious spying/collecting issues in from the past...they're involved.

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 21:46 3

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 12643; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


And yes apples involved too, they're just as bad as google.

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 21:46 4

3. HASHTAG (unregistered)


So, in other words, if I came to you and accused you of stealing my phone, or anything w/ value, and denied it, but of course I wouldn't do a such thing, I'm lying? That's pretty much what you're saying.

posted on 08 Jun 2013, 01:07 2

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 12643; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Hash just watch. It'll come out, and this isn't to rag on google either. We're gonna be shocked at just how many companies are involved.

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 22:03 5

4. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Actually, there's a small part of me that says he's sincere.

Google did try to take away National Security Letters (information requests with a gag order). They failed, but they tried.

It's in Google's best interests to make sure that its users' information is private. Otherwise, people stop using Google services, stop seeing Google ads, and Google stops making money.

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 23:44 1

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Yes, Larry is lying his butt off. Google themselves publish a report that says how many times they have responded to subpoenas for data. The FISA court order is a subpoena, so Google has by its OWN admission provided data pursuant to the subpoenas.

posted on 08 Jun 2013, 01:06 1

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 12643; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly. Denial is often the first line of defense. This will also have an impact on glass.

posted on 08 Jun 2013, 01:22 1

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


How will it have an impact on Glass?

posted on 08 Jun 2013, 01:32 1

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 12643; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Places wanting to ban it from the premises

posted on 08 Jun 2013, 08:30

11. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Subpoena's are limited in scope pursuant to the specifics of a case. What PRISM is/was is an entirely different animal.

And yes, Google has always been forthcoming letting people know just what authorities have been asking of them.

posted on 08 Jun 2013, 07:57 1

10. madpiyal (Posts: 108; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


Are you trying to be smart by bending truth Mr. Page? I thought you are better than Schmidt, but seems like you are as evil as your mentor. How can we trust your words for transparency when in the same speech you are blatantly lying about Google's involvement with the Govt.????

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