Reports: Slides outline data-mining program

Published 7:46 PM ET, Thu June 6, 2013
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U.S. intelligence agencies operated a broad data-mining program that extracted e-mail, photos and other private communications from some of the biggest Internet companies, The Guardian and The Washington Post reported on Thursday, June 6. From The Washington Post
The Washington Post said it had been provided a detailed briefing presentation document on the program, called PRISM. This slide explains how international traffic is intercepted as it passes through the United States. From The Washington Post
The intelligence agencies reportedly have access to the central servers of nine major firms, including Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo and Facebook. The information they can collect varies by provider. From The Washington Post
The program has been running since 2007 and has undergone "exponential growth" since then, The Washington Post reported. From The Washington Post