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"PRISM is the most egregious example of NSA overreach"

Tapping the News – Civil Liberties – July 2nd

PRISM real-time surveillance

"Prism is the most egregious example of NSA overreach that we've seen in the last 10 years or so," Eric King, head of research at London-based campaign group Privacy International, told the BBC.

"The fact that this material is being shared with the Brits at GCHQ raises serious concerns about the legal regime that is in place for processing the information".

The leaked presentation has named the sources of the data as Microsoft and its Skype division; Google and its YouTube division; Yahoo; Facebook, AOL, Apple and PalTalk.

According to the Washington Post, the NSA may gain access to users' "emails, attachments, address books, calendars, files stored in the cloud, text or audio or video chats and 'metadata' that identify the locations, devices used and other information about a target".