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Google outraged over NSA spying

Update : 31 Oct 2013, 02:16 PM

Google has expressed outrage at the recent revelation that America’s National Security Agency (NSA) has been secretly tapping into its database, the BBC reported Thursday.

An executive at Google told the BBC they were not aware of any such activity, adding there was an "urgent need for reform.”

According to documents revealed by former NSA spy Edward Snowden, the US NSA has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centres around the world, a newspaper reported, the Associated Press reported recently.

A secret accounting dated Jan 9, 2013, indicates that NSA sends millions of records every day from Yahoo and Google internal networks to data warehouses at the agency's Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The new details about the NSA's access to Yahoo and Google data centres around the world come at a time when Congress is reconsidering the government's collection practices and authority, and as European governments are responding angrily to revelations that the NSA collected data on millions of communications in their countries. Details about the government's programs have been trickling out since Snowden shared documents with the Post and Guardian newspaper in June.

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