PRISM is the word of today. Not only in the US, but also in the Low-lands.
According to Gizmodo:
PRISM is a secret government program that gives the NSA unprecedented access to the servers of major tech companies so that the agency can spy on unwitting US citizens with terrifying granularity which is both different from and more aggressive than the Verizon scandal and has the full (but contested) cooperation of tech giants and which is, shockingly enough, totally legal.
And now Google denies PRISM:
We had not heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday.
the U.S. government does not have direct access or a “back door” to the information stored in our data centers
As much as I want to believe this statement, I don’t. First, because we have all always believed that this was common practice, second, would they admit it if it was true, and third, if they don’t tap the servers they are tapping in the middle.
The question I was asking myself today: has it, today, become harder or easier for intelligence agencies to analyze data? My believe is that they do get so much data that it is hard to find what is relevant. The signal to noise ratio is very very low.
I think that it was easier in the old days, where they could track and analyze more easily, or miss it completely.