NSAs massive datahøst

Apropos overvågning skriver Washington Post endnu engang om et nyt hemmeligt NSA-projekt, som man vel ikke kan blive andet end lidt imponeret over snedigheden i: FISA-loven foreskriver en række procedurer, som efterretningstjenesterne skal overholde, når de indhenter blandt andet elektroniske oplysninger.

Selvom det i høj grad er statens advokater, der styrer retsudviklingen og selvom – det ved vi fra PRISM-afsløringerne – NSA er meget aktive med at indhente oplysninger via FISA-loven, så har nogen i organisationen alligevel taget sig tid til at tænke lidt over, om ikke det hele kunne gøres lidt nemmere. Lidt mere effektivt. Det kunne det selvfølgelig:

Outside U.S. territory, statutory restrictions on surveillance seldom apply and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has no jurisdiction. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein has acknowledged that Congress conducts little oversight of intelligence-gathering under the presidential authority of Executive Order 12333 , which defines the basic powers and responsibilities of the intelligence agencies…
…Intercepting communications overseas has clear advantages for the NSA, with looser restrictions and less oversight.

Tricket består i at opsnappe oplysninger, der flyder mellem det åbne internet og fx Google’s private sky:

By tapping those links, the agency has positioned itself to collect at will from among hundreds of millions of user accounts, many of them belonging to Americans. The NSA does not keep everything it collects, but it keeps a lot.
…NSA documents about the effort refer directly to “full take,” “bulk access” and “high volume” operations on Yahoo and Google networks. Such large-scale collection of Internet content would be illegal in the United States, but the operations take place overseas, where the NSA is allowed to presume that anyone using a foreign data link is a foreigner.

Så hvis man er amerikansk statsborger, bosiddende i USA, er ens oplysninger på nettet (måske, intet er jo bekræftet) prisgivet i ligeså høj grad, som vores andres. I den digitale tidsalder er mængden af collateral damage i kampen mod terror og andre forbrydelser fortsat enorm.

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