EPIC obtains documents on NSA Perfect Citizen program monitoring
EPIC obtains documents on NSA Perfect Citizen program monitoring private U.S. computer networks
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has finally obtained documents on the Perfect Citizen program, run by the National Security Agency (NSA), which monitors private computer networks in the United States.
This program, which the NSA claims is an effort to increase domestic cybersecurity, sounds much like proposed legislation reported on in February of 2012 but this is being done without any such authorization, although Obama was reportedly considering the implementation of cybersecurity measures by executive order.
The NSA has increasingly shifted their focus toward cybersecurity and digital communications with the construction of a massive, heavily fortified $2 billion spy complex and a close relationship with Google which we will probably never know the details of thanks to a U.S. appeals court.
The “Perfect Citizen” program was first revealed to the American public by a story published in the Wall Street Journal on July 8, 2010.
The program was supposedly just in the planning stages at that point and would include sensors in private computer networks which would only be activated by unusual activity and wouldn’t constitute persistent monitoring.