Silicon Valley companies deny reports U.S. government has “direct access” to their servers

Gigaom

Some of the tech industry’s biggest and brightest companies denied incredibly damning and wide-reaching reports Thursday from The Guardian and The Washington Post that alleged the companies participated in a secret program run by the National Security Agency that allowed the government “direct access” to company servers that stored personal data.

The FBI and the National Security Agency have been tracking and collecting photos, emails and personal information from the servers of nine U.S. internet companies in a secret six-year snooping program called PRISM. Those nine companies involved (listed in order of their entry into the program, from earliest to most recent), include Microsoft (s msft), Yahoo (s yhoo), Google (s goog), Facebook (s fb), PalTalk, AOL (s aol), Skype, YouTube, and Apple (s aapl). Dropbox was listed as “coming soon.”

We’ve reached out to all 10 companies for a statement on the report, to see how they respond to the accusations…

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