The Guardian broke one of the biggest most important stories ever. It reported that the NSA has been collecting huge amounts of user data from internet giants such as Google, Apple, Skype, Yahoo, AOL and Youtube. The Guardian alleges that plans are in place to add Dropbox to the list of data providers. To be clear, all this collection seems to be done without a court order and performed with direct access to the servers of these companies.
Based on a document authenticated by the Guardian, the NSA was secretly storing and analyzing search history, emails, file transfers, chats, stored documents, voice calls and more. In a shocking revelation, the Guardian says:
"The document claims "collection directly from the servers" of major US service providers."
Even though the document seems to insinuate that company executives were aware of the PRISM program, all of them have come out denying any involvement. At first glance, it seems like
project was targeting non US people or companies or Americans exchanging with these non-Americans
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.
Just to be clear, all major providers (Google, Apple, Facebook) are vehemently denying involvement in PRISM and are denying the NSA has access to their servers directly.