A lot of people posting seem not to want to believe that Google would not pass your data along to the government, and from the statement above Google appears to have denied it, right? Well read closely.
1. The Patriot Act, passed by Congress, mandates that all FISA warrants, requests for your data, are keep secret, so Larry Page and David Drummond would be breaking the law if they disclosed anything about a FISA warrant Google has received, or the thousands of FISA warrants Google has received. So they can not acknowledge that they know anything about a program like PRISM without breaking the law. But they don't have to deny knowledge of PRISM, they can just not respond. So why did they deny it, when the President and the Director of National Intelligence did not deny the existence of PRISM. Well, read closely...
2. Google says they don't give "direct access to our servers" and had not known of a program called PRISM. I believe they didn't know the name of the program. So did the government just take the data, or, as the government documents say, did these companies sign on. What I believe is Google gave indirect access to the government, and they didn't know the program was called PRISM. How could they give indirect access? In many ways, including third party companies which are not directly linked to the government. And therefore it is not a lie to say they had not heard of PRISM. Here is a fascinating perspective on that. http://www.businessinsider.com/israelis-bugged-the-us-for-the-nsa-2013-6
3. Google acknowledges that they do receive FISA requests, "requests we receive", and they are open about that "within the confines of the current laws", which means they can basically say nothing about those requests without risking prosecution and being sent to jail.
4. Google has a long history of privacy violations. Larry Page would have you believe that he cares deeply about the integrity of your data and your privacy rights, but that is simply not true. Google itself parses every email you write, no matter how private you think it is. A program on a Google server reads those emails, looks for key words, and then sends you advertising based on those words, or pattern of words. Google would like you to believe that no human ever sees those intimate private communications you send. Do you believe that? Someone has to look at the patterns, someone has to sell the advertising against those patterns, someone has to tweak the code. And what right do they have even letting a machine parse your email? It means your emails are no longer private on Google. In a Google world, you have no privacy. What you look for on the web, what you write to your loved ones, your doctor, none of it is private. Anything you do with Google becomes property of Google. And that is simply what the US government is doing with PRISM. Google is doing the government's job for them, and very well. But instead of looking for the word "love" in an email to market a Hallmark card to you, the government is looking for the word "bomb", for example. So you write to your friend on Gmail, "that show was the bomb", and your email pops up on the computer screen of an NSA analyst, who then culls through all your personal data, including chat logs, videos, emails, everything, figuring out if you are or are not a threat to society.
Google is a corporation motivated by the same thing that drives all corporations; increasing shareholder value. How does Google do that? By selling your data to the highest bidder, and abiding by the laws of the United States. It would hurt shareholder value to violate the law. Those laws say that the government has the right, under the Patriot Act, to take data from Google. So Google is giving your data to advertisers, and the government, and it's own privacy policies, the policies it writes, support that practice. "Do No Evil" is a brilliant marketing campaign thought up by two idealistic graduate students more than a decade ago. But Google is not a garage startup anymore. Google is a massive corporate entity that answers to its shareholders, and Google has the the feduciary responsibility to increase shareholder value. Google does not have a fiduciary responsibility to do no evil. And thusly, your data, your emails, your thoughts, your ideas, your intimate personal life, in essence - you - are sold to the highest bidder, and all that private data is freely given away to the government when they ask. Or don't ask as the case may be.