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NSA surveillance covers 75% of US Web traffic

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The US National Security Agency (NSA) has surpassed legal authority to spy on its citizens. Quoting current and former NSA officials, the Wall Street Journal said the security agency has built a surveillance network that reaches about 75% of all US Internet traffic in its hunt for foreign intelligence. Filtering of emails and domestic phone calls made with Internet technology is done with telecom companies. The filter works in such a way that communications that originate or end abroad, or are passing through the US even though they are completely foreign. The NSA however has defended its practices, saying they are legal and respectful of privacy.

Read the full story on the Wall Street Journal.

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