Strong denial is issued by Google that it permits government of US access to the servers.Internet giant told that government doesn’t have any direct, back door and drop box access.It is claimed UK’s GCHQ secretly gathered the intelligence over Britons for world’s largest companies of internet,
MPs are to be reported by GCHQ within days regarding claims that it accessed the data through spy program of US known as Prism.The report of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee is expected by Monday.
The spies of US are blamed to tap in servers of 9 internet giants of US including Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook. All of them deny giving access of servers to government agents.
According to Chief Legal Officer of Google, David Drummond, they couldn’t say more clearly that government doesn’t have any access to the Google servers.
It is said that documents, that show Britain’s secret post of listening having access to Prism system which are set up through America’s National Security Agency, are obtained.
It is also said that Prism programme seemed to allow GCHQ to have the legal process circumvented that is required for obtaining personal material like photographs, emails and videos from the internet companies that are based outside UK.
The founder of Microsoft Bill Gates said in London that he didn’t know anything regarding Prism and that he didn’t know any of the specifics though if there were any companies’ court order to do the things, it was typical that they were obeyed.
Chairman of ISC, Sir Malcolm Rifkind said that parliamentary committee will receive from GCHQ full report and would decide the action that should be taken when it receives the information.
Members of committee would discuss claims with the security officials of US next week during his Washington visit.
Douglas Alexander urged foreign secretary to make statement on these reports to Parliament.
He told that he was calling on foreign secretary, William Hogue, to come forward to “House-of- Commons” dispatch box to tell about government’s position as well as explain how government would work with ISC for addressing the public concerns which have emerged.
Home Affairs Select Committee’s chairman, Keith Vaz, said that some specific questions should be answered even though security services do need to have the information shared with closest ally of UK, the US.
He told that according to him, what he’d want the information about is whether this really had ministers’ authority and also for how much time was it going on.
It is said that the law enforcement and intelligence agencies in UK had ability of requesting information from the internet already as well as other companies by means of warrants and court orders.
Basically the question regarding Prism happens to be whether it’s simply interface with companies to get hands on that info or it is some type of dragnet for gathering loads of information regarding everyone. It is also dreaded that it could be the means of escaping legal oversight on the ways with which they are operated.
Director of the Liberty group of the human righta, Sami Chakrabarti, said that the ministers should say if they did know about this as well as what they’ve or have not authorized.
She told that the major question was that whether agencies were circumventing law by the small nice international exchange.
Further, she added that the danger associated with this as well as other policies of security was that administrations say that they’d obey their laws which protect their citizens though they would play fast then with others’ freedoms on Atlantic’s other side.
Kim Howells, the Labour MP previously, who chaired ISC from the year 2008 to 2010 told that he didn’t believe that service chiefs of intelligence would really be prepared for venturing into the areas which are totally illegal without government’s position.
David Davis, the conservative MP, said that the claims showed intelligence services acquired much more data than they had before and that could also include some love email for one’s wife or sweetheart. He said that this all is available through some mechanism that does not go through British courts.
Meanwhile, President Obama has defended monitoring programme of Prism, saying that this was overseen closely by the Congress and courts.
A spokesman Cheltenham based industry said that their work was carried out according to strict legal as well as policy framework that ensures activities taken by them are proportionate, authorized and necessary and that rigorous oversight is there, including from state’s secretary, Interception and Intelligence Services Commissioners & Intelligence and Security Committee.
It was also known that last year, Twitter got invited for joining Prism programme, but it rejected US authorities’ approach.