(Fox News) Does the government have 'direct access' to your data and information on Facebook and Google, or not?
Internet companies have long been monitoring the data that covers a person's entire life: e-mail, financial information, health-related searches, family members, and location information. It represents a level of surveillance that was never possible before.
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Slides and leaked information provided to The Washington Post reveal that the government has tapped directly into it.
"Google is collecting all that stuff for themselves. Facebook is collecting all that stuff for themselves," Gary McGraw, CTO of software security firm Cigital Inc., told FoxNews.com. "Yahoo is doing the same thing. The question is, how much of it is the government getting?"
According to The Washington Post, the answer is apparently all of it, through a system called PRISM. But how?