10 things we didn’t know before Snowden

Welcome to the post-Snowden era, where everything you say or do can be monitored by secret services – regardless of a court of law. One year on,here are the top 10 revelations showing us how the world has been fundamentally transformed by state snooping.

1. Everything you do online can be monitored

The National Security Agency (NSA) has direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants. Using its PRISM surveillance program, the agency can collect your search history, the content of your emails, file transfers and live chats.

2. What you do offline is monitored!

According to a report in Der Spiegel, an NSA division called ANT has technology, including a radio-frequency device, which can monitor and even manipulate data on computers that are not even connected to the internet.

3. They are collecting your phone records, too

Who’s calling whom, at what time, and for how long: Verizon and other US phone companies have been required to turn over so-called telephony metadata for millions of unwitting Americans to the NSA.

Resistance is futile.

4. And if you live in some countries, it is not just metadata

The NSA records almost all domestic and international phone calls in Afghanistan and the Bahamas using a program called SOMALGET. In the Bahamas, the NSA boasted of being able to log “over 100 million call events per day.” The full telephone conversations are stored for up to 30 days.

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