There’s been a lot of media attention over the past week about PRISM and how it’s affecting users of internet tools. We’ve written this blog post to put your mind at ease and to inform all of our users that your MindMeister data and activity cannot be accessed by the PRISM program.
What is PRISM?
PRISM is a previously unknown program run by the National Security Agency (NSA) in the United States. They can “legally” access data from internet companies held on servers in the United States. It was established in 2007 under the Bush administration to obtain detailed information about online activity including email content and live chat.
“The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.”
– Edward Snowden, whistleblower
How is Your Data Safe with Us?
MindMeister is exclusively hosted on servers in Germany and has no agreement to share user data with any Government or agency. The servers in Germany are protected by the Federal Commission for Data Protection and Freedom of Information. We are committed to protecting our users’ information as set out in our privacy statement.
“We will maintain all user created data and information in strict confidence (unless a user wishes to publish it) and we will take the same degree of care to protect that information as we would employ to protect similar information belonging to us.”
It is important to note however that MindMeister must provide data and information to the German Government following just cause and a court trial.