So here’s our top 10 list of NSA and GCHQ surveillance programmes, brought to you by Amnesty International and Privacy International.10.
Between December 2012 and January 2013, MUSCULAR collected 181 million records. users and took one still image every five minutes of video per user. webcam chats, what other video apps can they break into? It potentially also allowed GCHQ to monitor communications transmitted between Belgacom and its international partners (the company had connections across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa). The slightly dodgy You Tube videos you like to watch? It's not just a time waster and a way to Instagram photos of your dinner – now it's a tracking device and microphone that you willingly carry around with you all the time. Do not stand, sit, run or fall near someone who owns a mobile phone.3. NSA and Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK have access to it. This is one giant database full of billions of people's emails, text messages and phone calls.
But it seems the more we read, the less clear things are.
This currently includes the metadata for nearly all telephone calls made in the U. (but not their content) and massive amounts of Internet traffic with at least one end outside the U. It’s not clear exactly how many cables have been tapped, though we know of at least one inside the U.There does not seem to be any public information about the collection of text messages, which would be much more practical to collect in bulk because of their smaller size.The NSA has been prohibited from recording domestic communications since the passage of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act but at least two of these programs -- phone records collection and Internet cable taps -- involve huge volumes of Americans’ data.Using the NSA’s XKEYSCORE software, analysts can see “nearly everything a user does on the Internet” including emails, social media posts, web sites you visit, addresses typed into Google Maps, files sent, and more.Currently the NSA is only authorized to intercept Internet communications with at least one end outside the U.