The NSA has been Mapping out Social Connections of American Citizens

The Liberty Beat

By: Derrick Broze

The New York Times has reported that the National Security Agency has been using its collected data to map out some Americans’ social connections, which has allowed the government to identify an individual’s friends, traveling and shopping habits, as well as frequent locations. The report highlights how the NSA can supplement publicly available data from social networks, passenger manifests, voter registration, etc. with their own data to form a detailed map of an individuals life. According to documents provided by former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden this program began in 2010 by analysing phone calls and email logs of Americans to study their associations with foreign intelligence.

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