US and UK struck secret deal to allow NSA to ‘unmask’ Britons’ personal data

The phone, internet and email records of UK citizens not suspected of any wrongdoing have been analysed and stored by America’s National Security Agency under a secret deal that was approved by British intelligence officials, according to documents from the whistleblower Edward Snowden.In the first explicit confirmation that UK citizens have been caught up in US mass surveillance programs, an NSA memo describes how in 2007 an agreement was reached that allowed the agency to “unmask” and hold on to personal data about Britons that had previously been off limits.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/20/us-uk-secret-deal-surveillance-personal-dataAlso see:AT&T and Verizon Pressed to Detail Roles in U.S. Surveillance Efforts
Shareholders are putting AT&T and Verizon Wireless on notice: Tell the public more about the companies’ role in government surveillance efforts or risk a ding to the bottom line.Two separate but similar shareholder resolutions, from New York State’s comptroller and a large investment firm, say that the two dominant wireless carriers hurt customers’ trust by not disclosing more about the data they share with governments. The resolutions are the latest sign that the flurry of revelations about American spying efforts is putting business pressure on the companies lassoed into providing customer data to the government.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/21/technology/shareholders-pressure-att-and-verizon-wireless-over-surveillance-role.html

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