Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Jul 2013 14:12 UTC
Internet & Networking From The Guardian:

A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet.

This is not PRISM - but a different system. The slides are damning, as always.

It validates claims made by Edward Snowden, and makes it clear that US government officials have been lying all along. There's no court order required for any of this - in a supposedly modern democracy. Crazy.

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RE[4]: it's modern fascism
by CodeMonkey on Thu 1st Aug 2013 12:56 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: it's modern fascism"
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I'd like to have a peek at just what you have on *me*.

Actually you can! There's a part of the Privacy Act of 1974, sec. (d)(1) that basically says you're allowed to know what the government has on you:

(d) Access to records

Each agency that maintains a system of records shall--

(1) upon request by any individual to gain access to his record or to any information pertaining to him which is contained in the system, permit him and upon his request, a person of his own choosing to accompany him, to review the record and have a copy made of all or any portion thereof in a form comprehensible to him, except that the agency may require the individual to furnish a written statement authorizing discussion of that individual's record in the accompanying person's presence;

So interestingly, not only can you go take a look at your records that they have on you, but you can even bring a laywer with you. I've actually filed this sort of request a few different times with a few different agencies and it's legit. It may take a month or 2 but you'll get it. It's quite interesting what you get back.

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