Government Surveillance

Contributed by Kevin McCoy

In the beginning, the National Security Agency (NSA) was founded November 8, 1952 and headquartered at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. The agency is tasked with collecting and processing foreign intelligence to help with military operations (“FAQs”). A primary objective of the agency has always been cryptanalysis as part of its foreign intelligence operations. The agency still seeks to collect information on foreign nations in today’s world, however it now also concentrates its efforts on monitoring and collecting information regarding its very own citizens. This paper explores and analyzes government surveillance that has startled the nation.

Today, the NSA is widely known among IT professionals as an agency that collects an extremely large amount of internet data. By collecting internet data the NSA tries to protect information, systems, and data vital to the interworking of the US. This includes corporate, government, and citizen’s data. After collecting data the NSA collaborates with other government agencies and provides them with the information they need.

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