NSA requires considerably more calling data from American providers

May

6

2018

The NSA has requested considerably more calling and message data from providers over the past year than the year before. There were 534 million data in the hands of the NSA, and that amounts to a large tripling.

This concerns metadata, such as who was called, how long and the number of characters in messages, according to news agency Reuters on the basis of a government report released on Friday. The data were requested by the NSA under the USA Freedom Act, which states that it is not allowed to tune off without being directed, but that for every request to a telecom provider it must be justified what exactly the data is for, for example for a terrorism case.

Although the number of tapped data for 2017 is therefore considerably higher than for 2016, a US government spokesperson states that it only submitted a request for 40 persons to view telecom data. Because the data of everyone with whom this person has been in contact has to be handed over, large numbers of logs can still be produced. It is also possible that duplication occurs because each provider has to keep logs themselves, according to a spokesman for the security services against Reuters.

The number of foreigners followed by the NSA is also increasing. In the past year, 129,080 data were requested, an increase of about 20 percent. These data come from, for example, tech companies, such as Google, which are American but also store a lot of data from, for example, Europeans. For the tapping of non-US data, NSA does not have to request permission from the court.

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