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Revealed: U.S. spy agencies mined civilian internet data

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American and British newspapers report that U.S. intelligence agencies operated a broad data mining program that extracted e-mail, photos and other private communications from some of the nation’s biggest internet companies.

The federal government got access to the central servers of nine major firms, including Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo and Facebook according to the Guardian and the Washington Post.

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2 comments

  • MyTakeOnIt

    I guess postal privacy laws don't apply to electronic mail. But is this a real surprise? What's the data for? Terrorism thwarting? Child porn predators?

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