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Those 5 Eyes Watching you

Five Eyes is the world’s most significant intelligence alliance. Founded in the aftermath of World War II with an agreement between the United States and the U.K., and later expanded to include 

Canada
Australia
New Zealand

it entailed the mutual sharing of signals and communications intelligence between these Countries — and the understanding they would not spy on each other.


Edward Snowden brought renewed focus to the Five Eyes surveillance alliance in 2013 when he exposed the surveillance activities of the US government and its allies.
According to Wikipedia, these are the different “5 Eyes” surveillance agencies working together to collect and record your activities:
five eyes surveillance
It is no surprise that some of the Five Eyes Countries listed above are also the worst abusers of online privacy:
  • United Kingdom – Since the passage of the Investigatory Powers Act in 2016, internet service providers and telecoms have been recording browsing history, connection times, and text messages. The data is stored for two years and is available to UK government agencies and their partners without any warrant necessary.
  • United States – The US government has been implementing Orwellian mass surveillance collection methods with the help of large telecoms and internet service providers (see the PRISM program). Recently internet service providers have been given the legal authority to record user activity and sell this to third parties (and you can’t opt out).
  • Australia – Australia has recently implemented sweeping data retention laws similar to the United Kingdom.

Nine Eyes

The Nine Eyes countries include all of the previous Five Eyes countries plus:
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
The existence of the Nine Eyes alliance is referenced in Wikipedia and other sources online. It is just an extension of the Five Eyes alliance with similar cooperation to collect and share mass surveillance data.

14 Eyes

The 14 Eyes surveillance countries include all of the previous Nine Eyes countries plus:
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • Italy
  • Sweden
  • Spain
As before, the original surveillance agreement was extended to these other countries. The official name of this group of countries is referred to as SIGINT Seniors Europe (SSEUR).
Broad authority – The other drawback with these Five Eyes countries is that they have tremendous authority to force companies to hand over data. This is particularly easy for US authorities, where they can also demand non-disclosure through gag orders.
Knowingly or unknowingly majority of the us and the services that we are using are being tracked these authorities- 'Those Prying Eyes'
Stay tuned.  

~Watching The Watchers


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