Marketplace Tech for Friday, June 7, 2013

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Surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency and the FBI apparently goes beyond phone records. The Washington Post is reporting that these federal government agencies are also tapping the servers of nine large U.S. tech companies. And what the government learns from that data is being delivered to the president on an increasingly regular basis. It's part of a large scale secret program called PRISM -- the logo of which, incidentally, may look familiar.

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NSA Internet surveillance confirms privacy concerns

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Posted In: nsa, FBI, surveillance, Internet

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