Now the Washington Post reveals that the NSA is collecting “hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world”, according to senior intelligence officials and top-secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The collection program, says the report, intercepts e-mail address books and “buddy lists” from instant messaging services as they move across global data links.

President Obama thinks that his administration have “struck the right balance” in its efforts to keep the American people safe and uphold the Constitution including the constitutional right to privacy and observance of civil liberties. He said so in a press conference in California with questions about the surveillance program Prism. Answering to two questions, […]