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Private data collected by NSA spy programs


Baby photos, fitness selfies, medical records and resumes are among thousands of private communications scooped up and stored by NSA spy programs.

That's according to new disclosures based on documents Edward Snowden, the former national security agency contractor, gave to the Washington Post.

Snowden provided the post with what it said were 160,000 intercepted conversations, including e-mails, instant messages, photographs, social network posts and other documents.
The trove included messages exchanged from 2009 through 2012, and some were hundreds of pages long.

A post analysis found nearly 90% of the individuals, or accounts, whose information was obtained were not federal targets, but rather ordinary internet users.
Some were identified by either the government or newspaper as Americans.