A report released Tuesday by the FBI says that the number of people who have been targeted by a surveillance program dubbed the “Snowden Effect” could be more than 30 million, the largest number of potential victims ever documented.
The FBI report also indicates that the NSA’s collection of phone metadata, which can include location, dates, and metadata, may have also violated privacy.
“While there is no specific data on specific types of data being collected by these programs, we do know that some of the programs may collect data on U.S. citizens and residents, including phone numbers, email addresses, email content, and browsing histories,” the report said.
“We believe that many of these programs target individuals who have not committed a crime or provided the government with information that was neither authorized nor necessary for law enforcement purposes.”
The report did not include a list of U.K. targets.
However, a U.N. committee released a report last week that found that Britain and other European countries have been using a surveillance system called PRISM to monitor the Internet and other communications of people in the U.k.
According to the report, U.s. spy agencies had access to PRISM, which allows them to collect vast amounts of data on millions of people, including those living abroad, and is used to “collect vast amounts” of information on U of T students, as well as other U.n. citizens.
The committee also found that U.ks. intelligence agencies were involved in a program known as “Operation Sovereign Borders,” which allowed the U-K.
and other countries to monitor individuals traveling to other countries.