The National Security Agency's classified PRISM program is an internal government computer system used to manage foreign intelligence collected from Internet and other electronic service providers, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement Saturday.PRISM: What’s behind this NSA surveillance tool lurking about your Facebook page? - CSMonitor.com
The PRISM program has been sucking up what most people would think of as personal information on Google, Facebook, Skype, and other Internet providers. What’s up with the NSA's secret surveillance effort?U.S. official releases details of Prism program - MarketWatch
James R. Clapper, director of National Intelligence, issued a statement and fact sheet to correct what he characterized as “significant misimpressions” in articles by the Washington Post and Guardian newspapers, which asserted that the government had direct access to computer systems of nine technology companies. The papers based their reports on a presentation from the National Security Agency that used a previously undisclosed term Prism.