Google Gets Even More Transparent on PRISM Issue
20 Jun. 2013 Enterprise Tech News
Google’s chief legal officer clarifies Google’s stand on the PRISM issue in a clearer statement.
Google has suffered significant loss of confidence from their users because of alleged data sharing with government agency NSA under the PRISM program. In order to clear its stand on this issue, Google’s chief legal officer David Drummond gave a statement to the Guardian which was quite to the point.
He clearly and boldly denied the allegations of sharing any form of data with NSA and that Google allows no kind of direct access to user data to any government program as was reported by media originally.
Drummond stressed on the word ‘originally’, further stating that the original sources modified their articles once they came to know that the PRISM slides are quite inaccurate. Drummond said:
“Now what does happen is that we get specific requests from the government user data. We review each of those requests and push back when the request is overly broad or doesn’t follow the correct process. There is no free-for-all, direct access, no indirect access, no back door, no drop box”.
Users find this statement given by Google as to be more specific and clearer than those given by any of the other companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, etc.
Drummond further echoed the truthfulness of his statement in an answer to a question posed by a user; saying that Google is not in a business of lying and that their business is dependent on their users’ trust. He also stated that being an executive officer of a public company, may not prove lying to the public as the best business move.
We, as Google users can only hope and rely on the shown truthfulness of the company’s representative, Drummond.