Digital forensics expert and former NSA contractor Bruce Schneier says that the NSA’s PRISM program was able “to snoop” on hundreds of millions of Americans’ digital devices during a five-year period from 2004 to 2009.
Schneier, who now teaches at Harvard Law School, told The Verge that PRISM “was designed to allow the NSA to collect vast amounts of data from the vast majority of Internet users worldwide.”
“It’s a massive surveillance program, it’s a huge surveillance tool, and it’s being used by the NSA,” Schneier said.
“And the way that it’s done, and the way the agency is trying to hide it, it makes it really, really hard for any American citizen to challenge this.”
Schneier and his colleagues, who recently published a book titled The Snowden Files: The Hidden NSA Surveillance of Americans, published an analysis in March showing that PRISMA enabled the NSA and FBI to collect the data of over 1.7 billion Americans over five years.
PRISM allows the government to collect data from US users, including email addresses, IP addresses, phone numbers, search terms, and metadata.
It is a program that was first revealed by Edward Snowden, who leaked classified documents about US government spying on foreign targets.
Snowden was able through a pseudonym to reveal PRISM to the public in 2013.
The program, Schneier explains, “can capture the metadata of billions of Internet connections and their users.”
PRISM, however, does not “search for information.”
It searches for “personally identifiable information,” a term used to describe the data collected.
The NSA’s use of PRISM began in the early 2000s and it expanded in the years following.
The government collects the information of American Internet users, which is collected via a variety of means, including by searching for the user’s email address, phone number, or Internet protocol address.
The collection is not limited to communications, but can also include data about content, such as who uploaded a video or music to YouTube, the user uploaded the video to a video hosting service, or a user uploaded a photograph to a photo hosting service.
PRISMANTS USE OF THE PROGRAM “If you’re a US citizen and you’re not a PRISM user, you’re in the category of being a non-user,” said Schneier.
“If a PRISM user is a US person, that’s a PRISA user.
And a PRISCAM user is someone who’s a US user.
But that’s not how it works.
And that’s how it doesn’t work.
PRISA users are not in the NSA database, and PRISM users are NOT in the FBI database.”
In response to the Snowden leaks, the NSA issued a statement on February 25, 2016, that said: “The United States government’s PRISMS program is a comprehensive effort to protect the privacy and security of our customers and our communities.
It includes the collection of communications data and metadata collected by a variety a of government agencies.”
Schneiest, however is skeptical that the PRISM collection is accurate.
“There are plenty of examples in history where governments collected a lot of information that wasn’t actually connected to an individual,” he told The Huffington Post.
“I would argue that there are far more cases where the PRISA program actually got the data that it was collecting.”
The data collected by the PRISMs can be used to find a person’s location, the time and date of a particular phone call, and their online activity.
But PRISM also collects data from emails and social media, which could be used in a variety.
For example, the data is collected in bulk to provide information about a person and their activities in real time.
In the case of the NSA, that information can include IP addresses and search terms.
PRISCAMS USE OF DATA “What I do think is interesting about the PRISC program is the breadth of information they’ve collected,” said Michael Horowitz, a security researcher at CrowdStrike.
“When you think about it, this is what the NSA is collecting in terms of a broad range of information.”
PRISCM is used to collect information about individuals who have been in contact with the NSA since 2012, when the PRISE program began.
It’s possible that the information collected from PRISMLs could be the same information that is used in PRISMDs.
According to Schneier: “There is absolutely no way to say whether this is really a PRM [Personally Identifiable Information], or if it’s really a searchable metadata database, or what.
But there is absolutely nothing in the PRM metadata that indicates that it is anything other than PRISM metadata.”
PRISMM ISN’T LEGAL PRISM PRISM was revealed to the world in a leaked document by Snowden in 2013, but the NSA has not been able to explain how the program works.
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