The Nsa's Program Prism

1687 WordsJan 24, 20167 Pages
The information Snowden leaked goes beyond your average Facebook or Yahoo phishing hack from a curious hacker behind his computer in his mom and dad’s basement. In the 2013 scandal, Snowden reveal that the NSA was collecting “the telephone records of tens of millions of Americans” (BBC News, 2014, para. 1). Additionally, BBC News (2014) reports that “the NSA tapped directly into the servers of nine internet firms, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, to track online communication in a surveillance programme known as Prism” (para. 3). According to Dreyfuss, B. and Dreyfuss, E. (2013), the NSA’s program Prism stands for the “Planning Tool for Resource Integration, Synchronization, and Management” (para. 2). Not only does Prism collect data from the U.S., it also collects data internationally. Furthermore, Dreyfuss, B. and Dreyfuss, E. (2013) report that Snowden provides examples of the kind of data that was being collected such as, ‘“e-mail, chat, videos, photos, stored data, VoIP, file transfers, video conferencing, notifications of target activity...”’ (para. 17). Essentially, this data and metadata were being analyzed by the NSA and other government agencies for tracking and security purposes. Metadata, according to Pfleeger, C., Pfleeger, S., and Margulies (2015), is data tracking that “can occur with data the user or owner does not even know [exists]” (p. 529). This is exactly what Snowden believed needed to be shared with the world, or the users and
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