This is more in line with my Link of the day ( when I feel like doing them).
I am sure almost every Country is doing this to some degree as the article suggests. The name of the British Program is spooky sounding. I know I have seen a diagram outlining how it worked.
See below for link…
Tempora is, according to The Guardian newspaper, a clandestine security electronic surveillance program trialled in 2008, established in 2011 and operated by the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). It was revealed by American whistleblower Edward Snowden in May 2013 as part of his revelations of government sponsored mass surveillance programs. Snowden said that data collected by the Tempora programme is shared with the National Security Agency of the United States.
GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world’s communications
Exclusive: British spy agency collects and stores vast quantities of global email messages, Facebook posts, internet histories and calls, and shares them with NSA, latest documents from Edward Snowden reveal
This is actually fascinating…
According to Snowden the two principal components of Tempora are called “Mastering the Internet” and “Global Telecoms Exploitation”, the aim of each to collate as much online and telephone traffic as possible. The vast volume of data utilised by GCHQ in Tempora is extracted from over 200 fibre-optic cables and processed; full data is preserved for three days while metadata is kept for 30 days. British officials have claimed that GCHQ produces larger amounts of metadata than the NSA. By May 2012 300 GCHQ analysts and 250 NSA analysts had been assigned to sift through the flood of data. About 850,000 people have security clearance to access the data.
The article, published on Thursday, claims that France’s intelligence agency, the DGSE, has its own PRISM-like scheme that collects metadata from communications within the country, as well as those flowing into and out of France. The data is reportedly stored in the DGSE’s basement, where the agency has a supercomputer to chew through it.
Other French intelligence services apparently also have access to this data. The program may be illegal, as French surveillance laws require case-by-case warrants.
France isn’t the only European country whose clandestine espionage activities have been exposed post-PRISM. Whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed a British program called Tempora, which involves the tapping of the internet’s backbone at locations around the world.
Fantastic New Yorker Articlr concerning NSA/Europe
As the reporters James Fontanella-Khan and Joshua Chaffin pointed out in the Financial Times this week, American diplomats have for four years now waged “an ongoing, multi-agency effort to convince the E.U. to cooperate on a wide array of intelligence gathering, from sharing airline passenger data to watering down consumer data protection legislation.” Persuading democratic governments to share information on their citizens in the name of counterterrorism or any other security priority is fraught with legal and political problems in the best of circumstances. It will now be harder. Was what the Obama Administration learned about the French Ambassador worth it?