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NSA Leak Could Be Bad Business For U.S. Tech Companies

NPR | June 21, 2013 4:11 p.m.

Revelations that Google, Microsoft, and other tech companies have been providing user data to the National Security Agency may have tainted those companies’ reputations for independence. In fact, those companies share information of various types with the government, often voluntarily. In the process, many have earned the status of “trusted partners.” The NSA revelations call attention to this broad public-private collaboration and may bring unforeseen political and commercial international consequences for those companies. U.S. cyberspace may become suspect territory.

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