Is Apple Lying About Its Involvement in Government Surveillance?

retina display TV eyeDoes Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) PRISM denial ring hollow? After a recent Washington Post report revealed that Apple and eight other major U.S. Internet companies are involved in a secret government surveillance program known as PRISM, the Cupertino-based company was quick to issue a denial of the allegations.

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“We have never heard of PRISM. We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer data must get a court order,” stated Apple spokesperson Steve Dowling. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) issued very similar statements that also denied knowledge or involvement in this secret spying program.

Meghan Kelly at Venture Beat points out the uncanny similarities between each company’s statements and notes that this may be a reason to doubt the truthfulness of these statements. For example, every company specifically denied that the government has “direct access” to its servers.

Google’s Larry Page posted a response on the company’s official blog that read in part, “First, we have not joined any program that would give the U.S. government — or any other government — direct access to our servers. Indeed, the U.S. government does not have direct access or a ‘back door’ to the information stored in our data centers. We had not heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday.”