WSJ reviews NSA spying capabilities cowl as much as seventy five % of US web visitors
The query of how a lot contact the NSA has with web visitors all through the US is being raised once more, this time by the Wall Road Journal. Yesterday The Atlantic took challenge with the safety company’s arithmetic and 1.6 % declare, whereas the WSJ report seems extra intently at its attain into telecommunications corporations. The mishmash of codenamed packages are stated to cowl as much as seventy five % of US web visitors, though the quantity truly saved and accessed is far smaller. The primary distinction between the calculations could also be because of the distinction between what ISPs — handing over knowledge underneath FISA orders — carry, and what the NSA particularly requests. Its capabilities imply it may possibly pull much more than simply metadata, with entry to the precise content material of what is despatched forwards and backwards turning into much more troubling as privateness violations uncovered by its personal audits come to mild.
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