N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens

Posted by bob on Sep 29, 2013 11:37 AM EDT
New York Times; By James Risen and Laura Poitras
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Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials... collect and retain raw traffic, which includes both metadata and content, about “U.S. persons” for up to five years online and for an additional 10 years offline for “historical searches.”

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