In the past few days it has become public knowledge that government by way of a program called PRISM has been spying on Americans via their email, social networking and phone records. In some cases users assumed that things such as “direct access” and “back door” meant no door. But this has proved not to be the case at all, and what is more is that there is a lot of doublespeak going on as officials in both the public and participating private sectors attempt to damage control what is blowing up to be a public relations and privacy nightmare.
Part of the controversy stems from the fact that many people in the private sector complied without much of a fight. The problem with this is twofold in that consumers give a lot of information to their internet, social networking and phone providers, and now they know they may not be able to trust these providers.
Source: Tech Crunch