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U.S. - New reports suggest the National Security Agency isn't just listening to phone calls of citizens; it's also tapping into the biggest servers on the internet.
A program called "Prism" is reportedly a porthole to private emails from nine major firms, including Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo and Facebook. All nine companies deny any involvement.
The White House insists it's using the program to collect intelligence and communications from foreigners, not Americans, to track potential terror activity.
Attorney for Electronic Frontier Foundation Mark Rumold said, "It is sweeping. It is not what I would expect out of the United States."
"We've got to examine ways to be able to get data..that can prevent plots from hatching and Americans from being killed," said Senator Dianne Feinstein (D - Calif.).
The Washington Post reports that Prism has been running since 2007.
The news comes on the heels of another top secret order that allowed the National Security Agency to listen to the conversations of Verizon customers.