The Internet is global – and the NSA’s exploiting that to collect information about Americans’ e-mails

Thanks to the global nature of the Internet, when you send an e-mail it could bounce through data centers all the way around the world — even if you’re sending it to someone down the street. A new report from the New York Times suggests the U.S. government used this quirk to continue collecting data on Americans’ e-mail records, even after halting an earlier program approved by a secretive surveillance court for that purpose.Among the many revelations about U.S. government spying revealed by former federal contractor Edward Snowden was that the National Security Agency was collecting records about Americans’ e-mail in bulk. When details about the program came to light in 2013, the government said it had shut down that program in 2011. see:Why it’s so hard to keep up with how the U.S. government is spying on its own people
Since 2013, Americans have gained immense insight about how the government conducts digital spying programs, largely thanks to the revelations made by former security contractor Edward Snowden. But a new report shows it’s really hard to keep track of all the ways the United States is snooping on its own people.After Snowden revealed the National Security Agency was collecting data en masse about American e-mails, the government said it had ended that particular program in 2011.

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