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Top Officials Discuss Cybersecurity

NEW YORK (AP) -- The heads of the nation's three top intelligence agencies say they strive to protect Americans' privacy in an evolving era of cybersecurity threats, electronic surveillance and concerns about government data-monitoring.

CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director Robert Mueller and national security director Gen. Keith Alexander spoke Thursday at a conference at New York's Fordham University.

Their talk followed months of uproar over the disclosure of National Security Agency programs that gather data on phone and Internet use.

The officials didn't address the programs directly. They spoke largely about malicious software attacks and other electronic intrusions.

But when asked about privacy, Alexander said no officials have knowingly disobeyed laws or tried to impinge on civil rights. Brennan calls privacy important but says the concept is changing amid social media.

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