April 20, 2012

NSA whistleblower says agency may have all your emails

Democracy Now - National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney reveals he believes domestic surveillance has become more expansive under President Obama than President George W. Bush. He estimates the NSA has assembled 20 trillion "transactions" — phone calls, emails and other forms of data — from Americans. This likely includes copies of almost all of the emails sent and received from most people living in the United States.


1 comment:

Boffin said...

Not really a surprise, just a confirmation.

Since the beginning of the internet I've advised folks that on every email you should automatically assume that a copy is also being sent to your wife, your mistress, mother, boss, bookie, pastor, neighborhood gossip, the IRS, and the FBI.

The medium is inherently insecure, trivially easy to intercept, copy and store. It doesn't have to be this way--encryption software for every platform is easy, fast, and free. It's like putting your mail in an envelope. When everyone puts their mail in an envelope, it is no longer is suspicious to do so.