31 Jul 2013

The Guardian: NSA’s XKeyscore program has nearly limitless access to all Internet activity

Author: gabriellacornelious | Filed under: About

The Guardian has detailed new revelations from NSA-leaker Edward Snowden about a program known as XKeyscore that has been described as the agency’s “widest-ranging” tool for online data collection. PowerPoint training materials obtained by The Guardian show how analysts could use the system to mine sprawling agency databases consisting of a vast reservoir of data. At least 41 billion records were collected and stored in a single 30-day period in 2012, according to the report, which also says XKeyscore collects more than 20 terabytes of information daily, including emails, chats, social media interactions, and even browsing histories—all in real-time.

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The Guardian: NSA’s XKeyscore program has nearly limitless access to all Internet activity

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