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Report: NSA Not Only Tracking Emails, Getting Into Address Books

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Reporter Melinda Roeder explains what's being watched behind your back. Tracking your internet usage. Almost anything you do online can be retrieved and read by big government. The latest leak from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden indicates the agency is storing millions of contact lists from personal email accounts worldwide, including many belonging to Americans. Secret documents and agency officials confirm his claims to the Washington Post. While the NSA justifies storing the data as a means to search for terrorists and drug dealers, Snowden himself called it an invasion of privacy during an interview with the controversial WikiLeaks site. The volume of information being stored may surprise you. In just one day last year, the government agency collected nearly 690,000 email address books from some of the most popular hosts including Yahoo, Hotmail, Facebook and Gmail.

So should internet users be concerned about the content of their emails, knowing now that they may not be private after all? What does the NSA want with your contact list anyway?

The data is being collected through overseas servers, but millions of American accounts are being stored along the way in a data sweep too big for most of us to fathom.

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