see the guardian site for entire article, photos, graphs, etc
NSA XKeyscore program collects 'nearly everything user does on the internet'
7/31/13 Glenn Greenwald, http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/31/nsa-top-secret-program-onli... (edited)
• XKeyscore 'widest-reaching' sweep of online data • NSA analysts require no prior search authorisation • Collects IPs, emails, social media activity, searches and browsing history
A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA boasts in training materials that the program called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet. These latest revelations will add to the intense debate around NSA surveillance programs. They come as senior intelligence officials testify to the Senate judiciary committee Wednesday, releasing classified documents in response to the Guardian's earlier stories on bulk collection of phone records and Fisa surveillance court oversight.
A December 2012 document slide, "plug-ins", describes searchable fields of information, includes "every email address seen in a session by both username and domain", "every phone number seen in a session (address book entries or signature block)" and user activity--"webmail and chat activity to include username, buddylist, machine specific cookies etc"....