Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Jun 2013 19:08 UTC
Legal "Britain's spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world's phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the National Security Agency. The sheer scale of the agency's ambition is reflected in the titles of its two principal components: Mastering the Internet and Global Telecoms Exploitation, aimed at scooping up as much online and telephone traffic as possible. This is all being carried out without any form of public acknowledgement or debate." Woah.
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Nobody ever got a real alien spying thoughts. That's why the masses always reduced this to the ridicule.

Now it is different: we actually got the government doing mass surveillance.

The difference between fantasy and reality can be very thin sometimes. If you said 5 years ago that any government was doing such a wide scale information gathering, you would be shunned and called a paranoid.

Looks funny, but now Richard Stallman does not look so much a crazy. I don't see anybody smiling while reading a article made by him anymore.

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