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Some NSA Info

Sence I was saying I think there is an NSA spy in my fireplace I desided to read a little more about it. This is what I read from Newsmax. I thought it was pretty informative:

“The National Security Agency collects contact lists of email and instant message  services from users worldwide, and Americans are among those whose data is being  harvested.

The revelations, from senior intelligence officials and  documents provided by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, were reported by The  Washington Post on Monday.

The program feeds off email address  books and buddy lists transmitted by various online services when users sign on,  write a message, or sync their computers or mobile devices to one another, The  Post reported.

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Instead of targeting  individual users, the lists are described as being collected en masse, in hopes  of letting the spy agency map out and discover relationships between various  players.

A similar  NSA program mapping social ties and relationships of Americans was  reported by The New York Times last month.

According to a summary  provided by The Post, the harvested “contact lists” are the online  address books that allow users of Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hotmail, Facebook and other  online services to keep track of their friends, family and business  associates.

Address books contain the email addresses of people whom  users are in contact with via email or chat. In some services, including Google  Contacts and Facebook, they can also include full names, addresses and phone  numbers.

Many smartphones and computers allow you to “sync” your  contacts to services such as Google and Facebook.

Leading web-based email  services generate contact lists automatically as a result of sending, and  sometimes receiving, emails. These lists allow users to compose emails more  quickly via an “auto-complete” feature.

A document supplied to The Post  by Snowden indicates that in a typical day, the NSA collected 444,743 email  address books from Yahoo, 105,068 from Hotmail, 82,857 from Facebook, 33,697  from Gmail, and 22,881 from other providers.

Those figures correspond to  a rate of more than 250 million per year, The Post reported.

Although the  collection takes place overseas, two senior U.S. intelligence officials told The  Post that it sweeps in the contacts of many Americans. The number is likely to  be in the millions or tens of millions, The Post reported.

A spokesman  for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the NSA,  told The Post the agency “is focused on discovering and developing intelligence  about valid foreign intelligence targets like terrorists, human traffickers and  drug smugglers. We are not interested in personal information about ordinary  Americans.”

Ther spokesman, Shawn Turner, said rules approved by the  attorney general require the NSA to “minimize the acquisition, use, and  dissemination” of information that identifies a U.S. citizen or permanent  resident.

The NSA’s collection of nearly all U.S. call records under a  separate program has generated a storm of controversy since it was revealed   June, but has been upheld by the Foreign  Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The data snooping was defended  Monday by California Democratic Sen.  Dianne Feinstein.

The NSA has not been authorized by Congress or  the special intelligence court that oversees foreign surveillance to collect  contact lists in bulk.

Senior intelligence officials told The Post it  would be illegal to do so from facilities in the United States, but another  official said the NSA avoids the restrictions in the Foreign Intelligence  Surveillance Act by intercepting contact lists from access points “all over the  world.”

“None of those are on U.S. territory,” that official told The  Post.

An unnamed intelligence official told The Post that the privacy of  Americans is protected despite mass collection, because “we have checks and  balances built into our tools.”

Google spokesman Niki Fenwick told The  Post: “We have neither knowledge nor participation in any mass collection of  webmail addresses or chat lists by the government.”

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At Microsoft, spokesman  Nicole Miller said the company “does not provide any

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About Kathy

I am semi retired and had lots of free time on my hands. I still work part time as a bookkeeper at the little hardware store in our small town but I still had free time to fill so I became a blogger here at The Harley Factor. I also am a compulsive beader so I started a beading blog to show off my bead work call Compulsive Beading. As I have gotten older and mostly wiser I have become very opinionated on a lot of subjects and will share them with you from time to time when I can't keep my mouth shut. Kathy Sinclair

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