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“Follow the Money”: NSA’s Financial Surveillance Unit Monitors International Payments, Banking, and Credit Card Transactions

In Archive, NSA, NSA Files, Surveillance on September 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

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09/15/2013

SPIEGEL:

The National Security Agency (NSA) widely monitors international payments, banking and credit card transactions, according to documents seen by SPIEGEL.

The information from the American foreign intelligence agency, acquired by former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, show that the spying is conducted by a branch called “Follow the Money” (FTM). The collected information then flows into the NSA’s own financial databank, called “Tracfin,” which in 2011 contained 180 million records. Some 84 percent of the data is from credit card transactions.

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