Last updated: 11/7/2015
In June 2013, Edward Snowden revealed to the world that the US Government was spying on Internet traffic and other communication networks. The Government’s PRISM program run by the highly secretive NSA conducted all this work in an effort to prevent terrorism and crime.
The NSA apparently has direct connections through major Internet service providers such AT&T, Comcast, Verizon to copy all traffic passing through and can save it to its huge multi-billion dollar data warehouse in Utah. This has been going on for years and thanks to organizations like the EFF, we have learned about these invasions of privacy. The Government has stated it is using this information mainly on foreigners, but is the FBI using this data domestically?
The UK’s GCHQ is apparently doing the same type of snooping and even sharing information with the NSA.
The Government can see all your Facebook posts, read your email, see who you have called, among other privacy invading tasks.
Other services that are being watched: AOL, Apple, Skype, Microsoft, Paltalk, Yahoo, Youtube.
- Chat- Video
- Stored Data
- File transfers
- Video conferencing
- online social networking