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The Information That Can Be Gleaned From Email Metadata

As more details emerged about how the NSA's digital prying program worked, The Atlantic Wire broke down just how much information an average email can provide through its metadata. By looking at someone's email, the government would be able to see the sender's location based on their IP address, as well as the date and time that the message was sent. They can also see the names associated with the email addresses. According to The Guardian, the NSA's StellarWind project also allowed the collection and mining of information appearing on the 'to,' 'from' or 'bcc' lines. The program, which began under George Bush, was discontinued in 2011 by the Obama administration which claimed it wasn't turing up much useful information.

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