We at ACC have built the site on social media. Facebook and Twitter have been, and continue to be, great partners. The services they provide millions of people, in our opinion, make lives richer and more interesting. The world is a better place with social media.
But these companies do compile massive amounts of data one should always be conscious of this.
The sums the N.S.A. spends in Silicon Valley are classified, as is the agency’s total budget, which independent analysts say is $8 billion to $10 billion a year.
Despite the companies’ assertions that they cooperate with the agency only when legally compelled, current and former industry officials say the companies sometimes secretly put together teams of in-house experts to find ways to cooperate more completely with the N.S.A. and to make their customers’ information more accessible to the agency. The companies do so, the officials say, because they want to control the process themselves. They are also under subtle but powerful pressure from the N.S.A. to make access easier.