NSA collecting contact and friend list information as well

The collection program, which has not been disclosed before, intercepts e-mail address books and “buddy lists” from instant messaging services as they move across global data links. Online services often transmit those contacts when a user logs on, composes a message, or synchronizes a computer or mobile device with information stored on remote servers.

Technically, email address books are not very standardized. Organizations may have a organizational address book, but most personal email programs just use their own local format rather than storing the address book on the server. But webmail address books are obviously available even in proprietary formats, as are contact lists on instant messaging services and "facebook" like social networking sites.

And the NSA is vacuuming them all up without even bothering to check whether anyone involved is an American.

If this doesn't provoke a completely reinvented, secure and encrypted internet with no single points vulnerable to NSA procedure, we deserve whatever we get.

This entry was published Thu Oct 24 18:54:31 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-10-24 18:54:31.0. [Tweet]

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