France Has A PRISM-Like Program With Millions Of Trillions Of Metadata Elements
France Has A PRISM-Like Program With Millions Of Trillions Of Metadata Elements: For phone data, the DGSE uses electromagnetic technologies to collect the metadata. The caller’s location is recorded as well. That’s why a former DGSE official claims that the program isn’t illegal. It doesn’t actually record your calls. The DGSE is on the fringe of illegality. In the basement of DGSE’s headquarters, a three-story high supercomputer handles this flow of information. The computer even heats up the entire building, according to Le Monde. It could be the second biggest supercomputer in Europe behind the one in London. So far, the French government hasn’t reacted or provided a statement. While European Union representatives — including French president François Hollande — were deeply worried by the NSA/PRISM controversy, it appears that the U.K. and now France use the same methods to collect data.