XKeyscore: NSA Tool Collects ‘Nearly Everything a User Does on the Internet’

Thu Aug 1, 2013 AT 8:29 AM EDT

The Obama administration on Wednesday released formerly classified documents outlining a once-secret program of the National Security Agency that is collecting records of all domestic phone calls in the United States, as a newly leaked NSA document surfaced showing how the agency spies on Web browsing and other Internet activity abroad, reports the New York Times. On the same day, theGuardian reported on the NSA tool XKeyscore, which can track everything people do online, including emails, Facebook activity, online chats and browser histories. NBC News reports that the NSA itself describes XKeyscore as the “widest reaching” means of gathering data from across the Internet. Meanwhile, a new survey released by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press finds that 56% of Americans believe that “federal courts fail to provide adequate limits on the telephone and internet data the government is collecting as part of its anti-terrorism efforts.”

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