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Jun 09, 2013
6:31 AM EDT
Quoting:The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.

The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers. But there has never been a Google or Facebook before, and it is unlikely that there are richer troves of valuable intelligence than the ones in Silicon Valley. Equally unusual is the way the NSA extracts what it wants, according to the document: “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.”

London’s Guardian newspaper reported Friday that GCHQ, Britain’s equivalent of the NSA, also has been secretly gathering intelligence from the same internet companies through an operation set up by the NSA.

According to documents obtained by The Guardian, PRISM would appear to allow GCHQ to circumvent the formal legal process required in Britain to seek personal material such as emails, photos and videos from an internet company based outside of the country.
Quoting:Who are these companies and what do they want from me? A voyage into the invisible business that funds the web.

whistleblower : 'a matter of principle' :

Jun 09, 2013
4:32 PM EDT
This isn't really a government thing; the corporate sector has been going into this in a big way. The corporate sector just doesn't have the clout to get away with quite such high-handed approaches.

What They Know About You Wall Street Journal, July 30, 2010

This ended up being the first article in an ongoing series -- and then a separate rubric under the WSJ technology section.

What They Know

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