Planning on doing something online today? Or making a phone call, perhaps? Well, do it with a smile, because the National Security Agency will have a record of it. Over the last 24 hours, a pair of game-changing reports have revealed the truly stunning amount of data the federal government is collecting about your personal life. There's a lot of information swirling around now, so here's a handy guide to all of the things Obama's crew have gone big brother on.
First, the background: On Tuesday, June 5th, The Guardian dropped the bombshell that the National Security Agency was requiring Verizon, via court order, to turn over the metadata for all of its call records. The NSA has apparently forced Verizon to indiscriminately have over information about all of its millions of communications records on an "ongoing, daily basis". If you use Verizon, we learned, the NSA has copies of the metadata of all of the phone calls you've made over the last two months.
Then, the Washington Post revealed that ever since 2007, at least nine of the top technology companies—including Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, and Facebook—were knowingly allowing the NSA to mine all of its user data in a program ominously called PRISM. Then came this:
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