Friday, June 7, 2013
The US government is secretly tapping into the servers of nine internet giants as part of its anti-terror surveillance programme, according to a report in The Washington Post.
The companies include Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple.
The National Security Agency (NSA) and FBI reportedly extract audio, video, photographs, emails, documents and connection logs to help analysts track users' movements and contacts.
It was not clear whether the programme, called PRISM, targets known suspects or broadly collects data from all Americans.