[ TheGuardian.com - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/16/nsa-collects-millions-text-messages-daily-untargeted-global-sweep ]
• NSA extracts location, contacts and financial transactions
• 'Dishfire' program sweeps up 'pretty much everything it can'
• GCHQ using database to search metadata from UK numbers
• Dishfire presentation on text message collection – key extracts
The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text
messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data
including location, contact networks and credit card details, according
to top-secret documents.
The untargeted collection and storage of SMS messages – including
their contacts – is revealed in a joint investigation between the
Guardian and the UK’s Channel 4 News based on material provided by NSA
whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The documents also reveal the UK spy agency GCHQ has made use of the
NSA database to search the metadata of “untargeted and unwarranted”
communications belonging to people in the UK.