Two years after Edward Snowden revealed the extent of mass surveillance, Amnesty International and Privacy International use his evidence to show how countries are secretly sharing your personal data.
What does it all mean?
On 5 June 2013, whistleblower Edward Snowden first exposed how governments are invading our privacy on a massive scale.
As a former analyst for the National Security Agency, he showed the world how intelligence agencies are working together to spy on our emails, web searches, calls and so much more. But that’s not all.
The documents he leaked also revealed how governments are willingly sharing our personal data with the USA. We’ve learned that the NSA has secret pacts to share intelligence with at least 41 countries.
These private arrangements are almost totally hidden from view and attack the privacy of hundreds of millions of people.
How does it work?
The ‘Five Eyes’ alliance
For 70 years, the UK, USA, New Zealand, Canada and Australia have formed an integrated global surveillance network, exchanging intercepted communications with each other by default.
For 33 years, the Five Eyes have co-operated with this European club, providing technology in return for access to their networks, and exchanging some intercepted communications.
Special allies in the Asia-Pacific region
Across the region, the Five Eyes are providing technology and assistance. They may also be exchanging some intercepted communications, but the arrangement is shrouded in secrecy
Little is known about the extent and scale of the links between the Five Eyes and other third-party countries, but the existence of the relationship suggests co-operation in intercepting and sharing communications.
What can you do about it?