A man using a mobile phone walks past an AT&T store, in June. The New York Times and ProPublica report that the telecom giant helped the NSA spy for decades. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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"I try to lead an examined life," says Anne Neuberger, the NSA's chief risk officer. "I try to lead a life where I'm asking myself that question: Have I earned the gift of existence, in some way?" All her grandparents were Holocaust survivors. Courtesy of National Security Agency hide caption

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Under the USA Freedom Act, phone call metadata will remain with private phone carriers but can be subpoenaed by the government. Alex Williamson/Ikon Images/Corbis hide caption

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Edward Snowden is shown during a live broadcast from Moscow at the CeBIT in Hanover, Germany, in March. On Friday, Snowden said a federal court ruling against the NSA program that he revealed was "extraordinarily encouraging." Ole Spata/DPA/Landov hide caption

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Not many students have the cutting-edge cybersecurity skills the NSA needs, recruiters say. And these days industry is paying top dollar for talent. Brooks Kraft/Corbis hide caption

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