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US intelligence agencies are accessing the servers of nine internet giants as part of a secret data mining program, according to reports from the US and Britain.

The Washington Post reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI had direct access to servers which allowed them to track an individual's web presence via audio, video, photographs, emails and connection logs.
Some of the biggest firms in Silicon Valley were involved in the program, including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Apple, PalTalk, AOL, Skype and YouTube, reports said.

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I wouldn't be surprised that this was happening. I almost expect the government to have their prying eyes in everything.
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This has been known for a long time... its only recently that it's hitting 'mainstream infotainment' news sources..

There are several voices who've spoken out about this, even prior and during the initial phases...

It will continue as well, regardless of any action taken.

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How is this OK? Why do the major news outlets not report on this like the big deal it is? Widespread spying on citizens is 1984 stuff, its scary totalitarian regime stuff, yet no one cares?
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Originally Posted by Mygaffer View Post

How is this OK? Why do the major news outlets not report on this like the big deal it is? Widespread spying on citizens is 1984 stuff, its scary totalitarian regime stuff, yet no one cares?


The major news oulets are controlled by the same ones responsible for the tapping.
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Well I think it's all well known , and if not your a fool it's the easy why spy and with the goverment gets hacked you think they are not going to do any thing about it well the ones in power needs more. Like us with are pc all ways wanting more but we want are lives to be are own but it won't be and was great idea tho look at all the data they will have they are looking for key words ( I hope ). But Owell we can't do a thing about it even if 1 billion ppl walked to the white house. And to all a good night 0 o
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At first it labels it as "data mining", which I was fine with (data would be processed/no personally identifying info). But the point of having chat messages read is too far. By my reasoning, if you can enter into a verbal contract via some service (audio, video, photographs, emails and connection logs) that should be protected information. Just like tapping a phone, require a subpena,

I am just glad that all they have on me is cat videos, and OCN. ph34r-smiley.gif
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what i want to know is who is gonna look at all that data? they must be pulling terabytes of data daily. i guess telephone metadata isnt enough for them
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Be very careful of what you search for online... ninja.gif
    
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Like I mentioned in another thread, even though the government has access to pretty much all of our information it doesn't mean that they'll use their resources to check up on every single one of us. I really don't consider this a big issue because I like to think I see the bigger picture when it comes to the security of our nation. I always ask people this when the subject of privacy comes up. What the hell are you involved in that would make the Federal Government give your information a second glance? I'm starting to think a lot of people just have a sense of entitlement >.> I value my privacy as much as the next person, the only difference is, I understand how the process works, educate yourselves.


/rant


I hate to see what some of you are like if/when you get a job that requires any level of security clearance. Those checks are always fun but serve a purpose.
Edited by Pr0xy - 6/6/13 at 11:16pm
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