Why the PRISM deal was a bad deal for people who need them
Posted On July 11, 2021
Wired (US) issue date: 16 December 2018 cover title PRISM scandal has rocked the internet, and a major deal could change everything article The PRISM program is a controversial surveillance program that has been accused of indiscriminately collecting data on US citizens and foreigners, including those who have been communicating with terrorists.
Now it seems that a deal may finally be done with tech giants to allow the collection of data on those people who use contact lenses.
Wired reports that the deal was brokered by Facebook and Google, who are both trying to improve the security of their services by collecting data from more users.
The deal would let tech companies retain data on the users for up to three years after they have signed up for the service, which has been used by over 40 million people around the world.
However, it’s not clear whether this will help the companies in the long run, since they have to collect data from the same users who have already signed up.
A report by The Guardian last month showed that some users are being targeted by PRISM in the US.
According to the report, the program has had an impact on people’s lives, including: A study conducted by researchers at MIT and Carnegie Mellon universities found that the number of people whose accounts were targeted by the PRIVMS program was higher than the number who were targeted, and that more than half of those who were flagged by the program were either in the U.S. or abroad.
A separate study by the Center for Democracy and Technology found that a third of all individuals with access to Facebook’s data were either flagged for the PRISMA program or were the targets of targeted data collection.
The PRISM program has been criticised by civil liberties groups, including The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and by US senators who have asked the White House to shut down the program.