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British spies cast net to monitor every web surfer, everywhere, leaked documents show

Peter Sayer | Sept. 28, 2015
The Karma Police program sought to profile surfers around the world.

With the U.K. a terminus for many of the communication cables linking Europe with the U.S. and the Middle East, GCHQ is able to intercept a significant proportion of the world's Internet traffic as it enters or leaves the country.

Karma Police had been running for over five years with little legislative oversight by the time Snowden left the NSA with his document trove, and there's little reason to believe its data collection activities have been stopped since.


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