[FoRK] [liberationtech] Boundless Informant: the NSA's secret tool to track global surveillance data

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Mon Jun 10 08:35:14 PDT 2013

Direct access would imply that the data provider would be able to 
capture and understand the queries that were being made on the data.

The NSA does not want the data providers to know the specific queries or 
general patterns of queries that were being made on the data, therefore 
the NSA and other agencies would *never* use direct access.

You would set up an information capture that was a wide blanket, and 
then you would submit the specific queries once it was under your control.

That's the logical way to do it while protecting the intel gathering and 
analysis procedures being used, and in fact that seems to be what happened.


On 6/10/2013 6:57 AM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> ----- Forwarded message from Rich Kulawiec <rsk at gsp.org> -----
> But, that said: the NSA (and every other similar agency) has a long
> history of engineering for their convenience over engineering for due
> process and safeguards.  And certainly "direct access" is far more convenient
> for them than multistep processes.  So I think it's pretty safe to say
> that the NSA would very much *like* "direct access" if they can get it.
> Which leaves us with the question of whether or not they have.  Yet.

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