The recent publications in the Guardian about NSA access to Google, Facebook, Yahoo and all the rest have been met with a flurry of leftist abhorrence and mutterings from the twittering, as opposed to the twitter, classes. However, all reports refer to access to data, in such a way as to make people think that their personal emails and photos and so on are being read by the NSA, or their computers – this is not the case. Because the media is governed by soundbites, polemic and an absence of nuance, the headline is that the security services have access to data. The truth is, they don’t need or want access to the data. They need the models. And this allows the internet companies to deny they are granting access to the data.