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NSA collects millions of text messages globally: Guardian

17
Jan
2014

The U.S. National Security Agency has been gathering nearly 200 million text messages a day from around the world, gathering data on peoples travel plans, contacts and credit card transactions, Britains Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday. Code-named Dishfire, the NSA program collects pretty much everything it can, the Guardian said, citing a joint investigation with the UKs Channel 4 News based on material from fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The newspaper said the documents also showed that the British spy agency GCHQ had used the NSA database to search the metadata of untargeted and unwarranted communications of people in the United Kingdom. Citing a 2011 NSA presentation subtitled SMS Text Messages: A Goldmine to Exploit, the Guardian said the program collected 194 million text messages a day on average in April that year.

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