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NSA Built a Search Engine to Share 850 Billion Records, The Intercept Reports
Posted on Aug 27, 2014
According to newly released documents from Edward Snowden’s archives, the National Security Agency not only gave domestic law enforcement entitites access to private data, it made searching that data as easy as possible.
ICReach is a search engine built by the NSA to share a reported 850 billion records, including emails, location data and Internet chats, with other agencies, such as the FBI.
One slide describes the platform as “Google-like search.”
Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Brennan Center for Justice, told The Intercept, “this is a trove of incredibly sensitive information.”
That trove does not reportedly include the phone records of presumably innocent Americans collected under the assumed authority of the Patriot Act, but it does include data on Americans and many, many foreigners.
As The Intercept reports, the program is troubling to legal scholars:
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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