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On the part of government, the real issue for not addressing privacy concerns may have been reticence to appropriate the money to do the research and development to fix the problem. Or, it may have been driven to collect as much information as possible just in case a US person was complicit. In any event, the failure to address privacy concerns was not likely due to an inability to develop the technology to more efficiently protect the privacy of US persons—or that of foreign persons too. For example, it would be possible to “design” a filter that would work “reasonably” well to automatically filter out wholly domestic electronic communications.

An unnamed overseas telecommunication company is providing access through a switch or cable it controls. 55 According to a March 14, 2013 issue of Special Source Operations Weekly, an internal NSA publication, MUSCULAR is collecting “too much” data from Yahoo “Narchive email traffic” (a proprietary data transfer format) that has little intelligence value. 58 This data includes the contents, not just the metadata, of personal email messages. In addition, these messages are so formatted such that, when collected, any attachments to them are included within the body of the messages themselves.

58 This data includes the contents, not just the metadata, of personal email messages. In addition, these messages are so formatted such that, when collected, any attachments to them are included within the body of the messages themselves. 0004 A History of the Mass Warrantless Surveillance Network  Further, while the collection point is located in the United Kingdom, this does not mean that the personal information of US persons is not being collected. 62 Further, MUSCULAR is one of several other WINDSTOP programs.

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