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FILE- This photo from Thursday, June 6, 2013, shows an aerial view of the National Security Agency's data center in Bluffdale, Utah. Former NSA employee William Binney told The Associated Press that he estimates the agency collects records on 3 billion phone calls each day. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

FILE- This photo from Thursday, June 6, 2013, shows an aerial view of the National Security Agency's data center in Bluffdale, Utah. Former NSA employee William Binney told The Associated Press that he estimates the agency collects records on 3 billion phone calls each day. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

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  • In this undated photo made available by Google, the sun sets over Google's data center in Saint Ghislain, Belgium. (AP Photo/Google, Connie Zhou)
  • FILE- In this March 20, 2013, file photo, fiber-optic cables are shown at Intergate.Manhattan in New York. The 32-story Intergate.Manhattan, once a Verizon facility, will house a 1 million square foot data center. Sabey Corp., a Seattle-based data storage company, has renovated the building with electrical substations and backup generators above ground level to protect the facility from storm surge damage. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
  • FILE- In this April 15, 2011, file photo, Facebook employees, Sam Viles, left, and Josh Crass talk over a crash cart in the server room at Facebook's data center in Prineville, Ore. Facebook and other Internet companies say they provide the government only with user data required under the law.  (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Faith Cathcart, File) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT
  • A sign at the entrance to the Facebook campus is seen in Menlo Park, Calif., Friday, June 7, 2013. Facebook users’ information was exposed because of a glitch with a contact-matching tool the social network uses internally to generate friend recommendations, the company announced Friday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
  • This undated photo made available by Google shows the Internet wiring at Google's data center in Berkley County, S.C. The fiber optic networks connecting the company's sites can run at speeds that are more than 200,000 times faster than a typical home Internet connection. (AP Photo/Google, Connie Zhou)
  • This undated photo made available by Google shows failed drives that are destroyed at a data center in St. Ghislain, Belgium. Google says it destroys malfunctioning storage drives on site to protect user data. (AP Photo/Google, Connie Zhou)
  • In this undated photo made available by Google, Denise Harwood diagnoses an overheated computer processor at Google's data center in The Dalles, Ore. Google uses these data centers to store email, photos, video, calendar entries and other information shared by its users. These centers also process the hundreds of millions of searches that Internet users make on Google each day. (AP Photo/Google, Connie Zhou)
  • A building on the National Security Administration (NSA) campus is seen on Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Fort Meade, Md. The Obama administration on Thursday defended the National Security Agency's need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens, calling such information 'a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats.' (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • This undated photo made available by Google shows backup tapes stored at a data center in Berkeley County, S.C. Each tape has a unique barcode so that the company's robotic system can locate the right one. (AP Photo/Google, Connie Zhou)
  • This undated photo made available by Google shows colorful pipes sending and receiving water for cooling Google's data center in Douglass County, Ga. On the right is a G-Bike, which the company says is the vehicle of choice for employees to travel around the vast centers. (AP Photo/Google, Connie Zhou)
  • A woman walks past a Google sign in Mountain View, Calif., Friday, June 7, 2013. Internet companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google have vast amounts of data on you. These include the photos and video you share, the email you send and receive and the musings you broadcast to friends on what you are thinking or eating. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
  • FILE – In this file photo from Nov. 16, 2006, Scott Noteboom, right, director of data center engineering operations, explains how computer servers will be positioned during a tour of Yahoo's new data center at the Confluence Technology Center in Wenatchee, Wash. Yahoo is one of the nine Internet service companies identified by The Washington Post as participating in a clandestine snooping program code-named 'PRISM.' (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Kelly Gillin, File)
  • This undated photo made available by Google shows colorful pipes sending and receiving water for cooling Google's data center in The Dalles, Ore. The blue pipes supply cold water and the red pipes return the warm water back to be cooled. (AP Photo/Google, Connie Zhou)
  • This undated photo made available by Google shows pipes with highly pressurized water at Google's data center in Douglass County, Ga. (AP Photo/Google, Connie Zhou)
  • FILE- This photo from Thursday, June 6, 2013, shows an aerial view of the National Security Agency's data center in Bluffdale, Utah. Former NSA employee William Binney told The Associated Press that he estimates the agency collects records on 3 billion phone calls each day. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
  • FILE- In this file photo from April 13, 2010, construction worker Chris Jensen helps build Facebook's first-ever data center in Prineville, Ore. The social networking site chose the high-desert timber town of 10,000 to take advantage of its cool nights and dry air in hopes of making its data center energy efficient. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

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