I do not normally take to posting regards normal everyday news but this is something that effects it seems everyone. This article by ‘The Guardian’ regards XKeyscore is shocking and I have to ask how much of it is actually true rather than some elaborate effort to make everyone think this has happened or could.
These are a couple of quotes from the article
A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals.
Under US law, the NSA is required to obtain an individualized Fisawarrant only if the target of their surveillance is a ‘US person’, though no such warrant is required for intercepting the communications of Americans with foreign targets. But XKeyscore provides the technological capability, if not the legal authority, to target even US persons for extensive electronic surveillance without a warrant provided that some identifying information, such as their email or IP address, is known to the analyst.
We live in a digital age but surely this sort of access should only be allowed once adequate justification has been filed and access granted.
I would be interested in what anyone thinks who reads my blog be it for or against this sort of access.
By Paul Wood