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British Spies Track the Browsing Habits Of ‘Every Visible User on the Internet’

Via Flickr user [Matt Buchanan](https://www.flickr.com/photos/40134069@N07/4309967555).

Via Flickr user Matt Buchanan.

James Bond knows exactly what you’ve been watching on Pornhub.

According to the The Intercept, the United Kingdom’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has developed a system for tracking the online habits of “every visible user on the Internet.“

Code-named "Karma Police,” the secret program contains “billions of digital records” tracking everyone’s online behavior, including visits to “porn, social media and news websites, search engines, chat forums, and blogs.”

One system builds profiles showing people’s web browsing histories. Another analyzes instant messenger communications, emails, Skype calls, text messages, cell phone locations, and social media interactions. Separate programs were built to keep tabs on “suspicious” Google searches and usage of Google Maps.

The surveillance is underpinned by an opaque legal regime that has authorized GCHQ to sift through huge archives of metadata about the private phone calls, emails and Internet browsing logs of Brits, Americans, and any other citizens — all without a court order or judicial warrant.

According to records released today, 50 billion metadata records were being stored on a daily basis in 2012, with plans for that number to double by 2013. The system is now considered to be “‘the world’s biggest’ surveillance engine.”

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(Source: The Intercept)

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