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According to those close to the documents supplied by Edward Snowden, the U.S. National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording 100 percent of a foreign country’s telephone calls, The Washington Post reports. A senior manager for the project—dubbed MYSTIC and beginning in 2009—calls it a “time machine,” and says in its initial deployment, “every single” conversation was recorded and stored. A 30-day buffer cleared old ones as new ones came in. Meanwhile, Edward Snowden appeared via telepresence robot at TED2014 recently and said the right to data privacy requires a fundamental rethink of the Internet’s role. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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