Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Jun 2013 11:40 UTC
Legal This story is getting bigger and bigger. Even though most Americans probably already knew, it is now official: the United States government, through its National Security Agency, is collecting the communications and data of all American citizens, and of non-Americans using American services, through a wide collaboration with the large companies in technology, like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and so on. Interestingly enough, the NSA itself, as well as the US government, have repeatedly and firmly denied this massive spying on Americans and non-Americans took place at all.
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RE: I swear this is old news.
by Alfman on Fri 7th Jun 2013 14:22 UTC in reply to "I swear this is old news. "
Alfman
Member since:
2011-01-28

Bill Shooter of Bul,

I still remember headlines some 7 years ago when it was revealed that the NSA had it's own datacenters right beside telephone carriers to conduct monitoring. We were told that the NSA only looked at the calls they felt were needed for the war on terror even though all calls technically ran through their data centers.

The legal case never got off the ground because Pres. Bush intervened. I guess the scope has just ballooned since then.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSA_warrantless_surveillance_controver...
http://writ.corporate.findlaw.com/dean/20051230.html
http://www.npr.org/news/specials/nsawiretap/legality/

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

No, I'm not confusing it with that. I read about PRISM a while ago in some mainstream magazine. Atlantic? Economist? Something of that caliber.

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zcal Member since:
2012-07-27

Wired reported last year on the NSA's construction of a monster data center. Can't remember if the article mentions PRISM by name, but it does outline some of the practices that are currently being described in the news.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/

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redshift Member since:
2006-05-06

I seem to remember Ars Techncia articles talking about a similar program to PRISM that was going by the name "Total Information Awareness". It made a stink in 2002 and was in theory shut down by congress in 2003 over privacy concerns. It seems like it got rebranded instead. Not entirely surprising.

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