Tech Company Says Its Prism Platform Isn’t Related To Government’s PRISM

Palantir Technologies, a Silicon Valley company that offers software for “integrating, visualizing and analyzing the world’s information,” told TPM on Friday that its Prism platform is not related to the government PRISM program, which was revealed in press reports this week.

“Palantir’s Prism platform is completely unrelated to any US government program of the same name,” Matt Long, a spokesperson for the company, said in an email to TPM. “Prism is Palantir’s name for a data integration technology used in the Palantir Metropolis platform (formerly branded as Palantir Finance). This software has been licensed to banks and hedge funds for quantitative analysis and research.”

TPM followed up to ask if, beyond the company’s Prism platform, Palantir had ever worked on or with the government’s PRISM program. But Long said, one way or the other, company policy is to not comment on any government customers.

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