This article in “The Daily Dot” gives a very nice, concise overview of a number of NSA spy programs recently outed by Edward Snowden. Among the programs documented are:
The definitive guide to NSA spy programs
I remember visiting NARUS years ago when I was designing and building the ipArchive product / appliance.
It’s disturbing to me personally to recognize that I had a part in the development, if not of the actual technology in play today, but even just the concepts, of what is enabling the current surveillance state.
NARUS, deep packet inspection and the NSA | Privacy SOS
There’s a lot to think about here, a lot of moving parts, but I think the author has captured the essence of what will undoubtedly become an issue in the very near future.
While the NSA is currently saying they only capture a small portion of the metadata about calls being made, if it is in fact the case that the actual recordings of our phone calls can be captured and archived for a relatively small amount (both up front capital and ongoing operational expense), I expect that it will happen if it isn’t already.
The NSA Can Afford To Store Data From Years Of Phone Calls