[Grammar] data access

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shibli.aftab

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What is the difference in the meaning of the sentences written below?

So if not government agencies like the NSA, advertisers and marketers have always had access to what we do online.

So if not government agencies like the NSA, advertisers and marketers have always accessed what we do online.

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What is the difference in the meaning of the sentences written below?

So if not government agencies like the NSA, advertisers and marketers have always had access to what we do online.
(Having access is like having a key - you can have the key but you don't have to use it)
So if not government agencies like the NSA, advertisers and marketers have always accessed [/B] what we do online. (In this case what is being done online is accessed by those named - they have a key and use that key)
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The real difference is that in the first sentence there is the potential of access. The second sentence is a statement saying that there is not only a potential of access, but actual access.
 
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