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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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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