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List of government mass surveillance projects

This is a list of government surveillance projects and related databases throughout the world.


Snapshot of Boundless Informant's global map of data collection

European Union

  • Data Retention Directive: A directive requiring EU member states to store citizens' telecommunications data for six to 24 months and allowing police and security agencies to request access from a court to details such as IP address and time of use of every email, phone call, and text message sent or received.
  • INDECT: Research project funded by the European Union to develop surveillance methods (e.g. processing of CCTV camera data streams) for the monitoring of abnormal behaviours in an urban environment.[1]
  • Schengen Information System: A database kept for national security and law enforcement purposes.



  • In August 2014 it was reported[2] that law-enforcement agencies had been accessing Australians' web browsing histories via internet providers such as Telstra without a warrant.
  • It was reported[3] that Australia had issued 75% more wiretap warrants in 2003 than the US did and this was 26 times greater than the US on a per capita basis.



DGSE base near Domme in southwestern France






United Kingdom

United States

A top secret document leaked by Edward Snowden to The Guardian in 2013, originally due to be declassified on 12 April 2038.

Unclear origin

Recently discontinued

See also


  1. ^ Welcome to INDECT homepage — indect-home. [1] Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  2. ^ Ben Grubb (20 August 2014). "Telstra found divulging web browsing histories to law-enforcement agencies without a warrant".  
  3. ^ "Wiretapping Australia". 2003. 
  4. ^ a b c "How China’s Internet Police Control Speech on the Internet".  
  5. ^ "La France se met à l'espionnage" (in French).  
  6. ^ "Datenschutzbeauftragte warnen vor Volltextsuche bei Verfassungsschutz und Polizei" (in German).  
  7. ^ Matthias Gebauer, Hubert Gude, Veit Medick, Jörg Schindler and Fidelius Schmid. "CIA Worked With BND and BfV In Neuss on Secret Project".  
  8. ^ "India's centralised monitoring system comes under scanner, reckless and irresponsible usage is chilling".  
  9. ^ "India sets up elaborate system to tap phone calls, e-mail".  
  10. ^ "Big Brother Awards Schweiz: Onyx zum zweiten" (in German). Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  12. ^ Spy chiefs plot £12bn IT spree for comms überdatabase
  13. ^ MacAskill, Ewen; Borger, Julian; Hopkins, Nick (21 June 2013). "GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world's communications". London:  
  14. ^ a b Wallace, Helen. "The UK National DNA Database: Balancing crime detection, human rights and privacy". Science and Society. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  15. ^ MacAskill, Ewen; Borger, Julian; Hopkins, Nick (21 June 2013). "GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world's communications". London:  
  16. ^ Poitras, Laura; Marcel Rosenbach; Holger Stark (2013-11-17). Royal Concierge': GCHQ Monitors Hotel Reservations to Track Diplomats"'". Spiegel. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Meet 'Boundless Informant,' the NSA's Secret Tool for Tracking Global Surveillance Data".  
  18. ^ Point, Click ... Eavesdrop: How the FBI Wiretap Net Operates.
  19. ^ "FBI Has a Magic Lantern". Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  20. ^ a b Shorrock, Tim (23 July 2008). "Exposing Bush's historic abuse of power". Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  21. ^ Maass, Poitras. "Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany". The Intercept. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  22. ^  
  23. ^ Riley, Michael (23 May 2013). "How the U.S. Government Hacks the World".  
  24. ^ Aid, Matthew M. (8 June 2010). The Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency. Bloomsbury USA. p. 311.  
  25. ^ Blustein, Paul, Gellman, Barton, and Linzer, Dafna. "Bank Records Secretly Tapped", Washington Post, 23 June 2006. Accessed 23 June 2006.
  26. ^ Trenholm, Rich. "NSA to Store Yottabytes in Utah Data Centre".  
  27. ^  
  28. ^ Kenyon, Henry (7 January 2011). "New NSA data center breaks ground on construction -- Defense Systems". Defense Systems. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  29. ^  
  30. ^ Robert McMillan (16 September 2010). "Siemens: Stuxnet worm hit industrial systems". Computerworld. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  31. ^ Nakashima, Ellen; Warrick, Joby (3 June 2012). "Stuxnet was work of U.S. and Israeli experts, officials say".  
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