Reports are now getting out that the French government and the British government both run data-monitoring programs that involve spying as comprehensive as NSA’s. But this is not getting as much attention, because they have not had leakers with stolen documents that prove this.
The protests of European governments against NSA spying on their people turns out to be turf war. The government’s politicians resent the fact that the NSA has invaded their turf. Only domestic spies are allowed to spy on domestic populations in European countries.
The technology of spying on all of us is widespread. NSA is probably ahead of the pack, but not by much. Privacy is a thing of the past all over the world. The cost of spying on us keeps falling. This will not change. The economic law is true: “When prices fall, more is demanded.” The demand for spying keeps increasing. Governments respond.
Britain’s BBC has published a report, which in turn relies on a story in The French newspaper Le Monde.
France’s foreign intelligence service intercepts computer and telephone data on a vast scale, like the controversial US Prism programme, according to the French daily Le Monde.
The data is stored on a supercomputer at the headquarters of the DGSE intelligence service, the paper says.
The operation is “outside the law, and beyond any proper supervision”, Le Monde says.
Other French intelligence agencies allegedly access the data secretly.
It is not clear however whether the DGSE surveillance goes as far as Prism. So far French officials have not commented on Le Monde’s allegations.
The article ends with this cryptic note: “The UK spy agency GCHQ is reported to run a similarly vast data collection operation, co-operating closely with the NSA.”
Edward Snowden’s revelations are slowly leading to the truth: all major governments track the supposedly private communications of their residents. Privacy is gone with the wind.