According to the Washington Post, the NSA is collecting hundreds of millions of email address books, from people around the globe, and many of them belong to, you guessed it, Americans. This isn’t the first we are hearing about the NSA collecting data about us, and most likely not the last time that we will be hearing about this subject. In just 24 hours last year, the NSA’s Special Source Operations branch collected 444,743 e-mail address books from Yahoo, 105,068 from Hotmail, 82,857 from Facebook, 33,697 from Gmail and 22,881 from unspecified other providers, according to an internal NSA PowerPoint presentation. With that being said, that means that they are collecting email address books at over 250 million a year, which is kind of an odd statistic seeing as President Obama said in June that the NSA’s email data collecting program “does not apply to U.S. citizens”. All I have to say is that this is just a start to a big topic, and not the end.
- NSA Harvesting Contact Lists From Gmail, Facebook (schnittshow.com)
- NSA harvesting hundreds of millions of personal email contact lists – report (rt.com)
- NSA Collecting Up To 500k Personal Contact Lists Daily (youviewed.com)