We are reviewing this in my journalism classes.

Media reports initially misrepresented the program, saying it gave direct access to the companies’ servers. The companies involved have since mounted a sustained campaign to defend themselves, asking the government for more transparency and, more recently, directly seeking reforms. Last week, Google—along with Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL—sent a letter to Congress supporting reform of NSA surveillance programs. (via Google’s Schmidt: NSA Spying on Data Centers Is ‘Outrageous’)

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