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July 12th, 2013, 18:29
Not necessarily a revelation, but still a sickening symptom of this increasingly authoritarian state. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23285642
The information published in The Guardian comes from documents it said were given to the paper by whistle blower Edward Snowden and shed more light on how closely tech firms work with the US National Security Agency and its Prism programme.

The documents show that the NSA had access to most of Microsoft's flagship products including Hotmail, Outlook.com, SkyDrive and Skype. In the case of Outlook.com, Microsoft reportedly worked with the NSA to help it get around its own data-scrambling scheme that would have concealed messages from the agency.

As regards to Skype, the NSA reportedly said in the documents that it had improved its oversight of the web phone system so much that it could now collect three times as many calls from the service than before.
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July 12th, 2013, 18:48
In the early days of Internet law enforcement could barely trace an IP-address while internet users had little to worry about over their usage. Then technology caught up and allowed monitoring of every single IP-packet flowing through the backbone of the Internet. The pushback will probably be more end-to-end encryption. I'm not sure how long this tap of total knowledge will stay open for those in the intelligence business. Its probably a great investigative tool that now get ruined by being applied too broadly.

I'm not familiar with the internals of US but has the terrorism attacks lead to blur the line between foreign and domestic intelligence?
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