Both Apple and Tim Cook personally have been sued by a conservative activist and three others as part of a class action lawsuit over alleged privacy violations resulting from the company’s supposed participation in the NSA’s PRISM intelligence program. Others who were also sued include President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, NSA Director Keith Alexander, the NSA itself, the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as Facebook, Google, YouTube, Microsoft, Skype, AOL, Yahoo, PalTalk, AT&T and Sprint -- and all the CEO's of those companies personally.
As one of the largest companies in the world, Apple is routinely sued over a wide variety of issues. This is easily pointed out by the many number of lawsuits they are involved in on an ongoing basis. The company has large legal teams to handle these lawsuits, though the sheer number of defendants in this case could make for interesting court filings.
Plaintiff Larry Klayman issued the following statement:
This and the Verizon class action will serve to unify all political and social persuasions in our great nation to wage a second American revolution, one that is peaceful and legal – but pursued with great resolve and force. Government dishonesty and tyranny against the people have reached historic proportions during the last three administrations in particular, and the time has come for We the People to rise up and reclaim control of our nation. If not, the government will control us and this will mark the end of individual liberties. The American people can thus use these class actions to 'man the barricades of freedom' against the establishment government despots and their corporate enablers who seek to enslave them through coercive abuses of their privacy. This Orwellian power grab can only be intended to blackmail the masses into submission in order that these modern day greedy tyrants achieve their corrupt ends.
It’s important to note that both Rand Paul and the ACLU are, at least to this point, primarily speaking out about Verizon Business Network Services giving call logs to the NSA for millions of calls both within the United States and abroad. However, both the Verizon/NSA issue and the Apple-related PRISM allegations were revealed around the same time last week and are largely seen as connected in the eyes of most critics.
What do you think of the whole ordeal?
Source: FreedomWatchUSA (1) (2), Washington Post