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    Most NSA Data From Ordinary Users

    People use computers at an Internet cafe in Changzhi, north China's Shanxi province June 20, 2007. The blocking of Flickr is the latest casualty of China's ongoing battle to control its sprawling Internet. Wikipedia, and a raft of other popular Web sites, discussion boards and blogs have already fallen victim to the country's censors. China employs a complex system of filters and an army of tens of thousands of human monitors to survey the country's 140 million Internet users' surfing habits and surgically clip sensitive content from in front of their eyes.   To match feature PRIVACY-CHINA/   REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA) CHINA OUT - RTR1QYNB


    The Washington Post has uncovered that the National Security Agency collects data on significantly more ordinary users than legal foreign targets when it intercepts communications. In conversations provided by Edward Snowden, nine out of ten account holders in NSA-intercepted communications were not the intended legal target. The NSA catalogued and saved immense amounts of intimate data from “incidental third parties,” from suggestive photos of women in lingerie to smiling toddlers to personal love letters. The revealing amount of personal information from ordinary internet users, including American citizens, seriously challenges the way the NSA has claimed to conduct communications-interception programs, like PRISM and Upstream. Snowden's leak also directly contradicts government officials' claims that he would not have had access to this type of data. Former NSA Director Gen. Kieth Alexander even said in May “They didn’t touch the FISA data.That database, he [Snowden] didn’t have access to.” This most recent cache of intercepted conversations suggests that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's “transparency report” from June 26 was amiss. That stated 89,138 people were targets of PRISM and Upstream surveillance last year, but the Snowden-leaked data suggests the number is closer to 900,000.

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