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U.S. Confirms Gathering of Web Data Overseas

Jun 07, 2013 - The New York Times - Biographical Materials

WASHINGTON -- The federal government has been secretly collecting information on foreigners overseas for nearly six years from the nation's largest Internet companies like Google, Facebook and, most recently, Apple, in search of national security threats, the director of national intelligence confirmed Thursday night.

The confirmation of the classified program came just hours after government officials acknowledged a separate seven-year effort to sweep up records of telephone calls inside...