NSA collects millions of text messages daily in ‚untargeted‘ global sweep | World news | The Guardian

• NSA extracts location, contacts and financial transactions

• ‚Dishfire‘ program sweeps up ‚pretty much everything it can‘

• GCHQ using database to search metadata from UK numbers

Dishfire presentation on text message collection – key extracts

Texting on BlackBerry mobile phone

The NSA has made extensive use of its text message database to extract information on people under no suspicion of illegal activity. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA

The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents.

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