Similar to the statements by Google, Facebook, Apple, and others, I will say that prior to Thursday’s news articles, none of us at Backblaze had heard of the NSA’s PRISM.
Backblaze is not even included on the list of “current providers” in the leaked slide presentation.
However, since some of our customers have written in expressing concern based on the media, let me state:
- 1. Backblaze has not participated in PRISM.
- 2. Backblaze has not been asked by the NSA (or any other government agency) to provide any information on any of our customers.
Moreover, as opposed to the data that you may have with Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and some of the “current providers,” customer data that is backed up by Backblaze is encrypted on the customer’s computer before being backed up.