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Total Information Awareness: National Security Agency betreibt eingestelltes Überwachungsprogramm weiter

Der amerikanische Nachrichtendienst National Security Agency betreibt das eingestellte Überwachungsprogramm “Total Information Awareness” weiter und erstellt aus allen Kommunikationsvorgängen ein riesiges Netzwerkdiagramm. Das berichtet die New York Times in einem Op-Ed. Mit zwei Änderungen: Auf die Daten kann jetzt auch ohne Gerichtsbeschluss zugegriffen werden und Zugriffe werden nicht mehr protokolliert.

Der Journalist Shane Harris beschreibt den Umfang der Überwachung:

The N.S.A. created what one senior Bush administration official later described as a “mirror” of AT&T’s databases, which allowed ready access to the personal communications moving over much of the country’s telecom infrastructure. The N.S.A. fed its bounty into software that created a dizzying social-network diagram of interconnected points and lines. The agency’s software geeks called it “the BAG,” which stood for “big ass graph.”

Und den Verzicht auf Datenschutz-Hindernisse:

What’s missing, however, is a reliable way of keeping track of who sees what, and who watches whom. After T.I.A. was officially shut down in 2003, the N.S.A. adopted many of Mr. Poindexter’s ideas except for two: an application that would “anonymize” data, so that information could be linked to a person only through a court order; and a set of audit logs, which would keep track of whether innocent Americans’ communications were getting caught in a digital net.

Das alles soll in dem neuen Spionage-Center in Utah gespeichert werden, über das auch Christiane Schulzki-Haddouti berichtete.

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