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US denies ‘unilateral’ secret data collection

The Obama Administration has denied allegations of ‘unilaterally’ collecting information from internet companies, as being reported in the media, which has resulted in outrage in the country.

world Updated: Jun 10, 2013 02:26 IST

The Obama Administration has denied allegations of ‘unilaterally’ collecting information from internet companies, as being reported in the media, which has resulted in outrage in the country.

The Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James Clapper, has declassified a portion of its information related to the secretive ‘PRISM’ in this regard, and strongly denied that it ‘unilaterally’ obtains information from the servers of US Internet companies.

Clapper said internet companies provide user data to the NSA only after receiving an order approved by a secret FISA court.

“PRISM is not an undisclosed collection. It is an internal government computer system used to facilitate the government’s statutorily authorised collection of foreign intelligence information from electronic communication service providers under court supervision,” a DNI fact sheet said.