Operation Shamrock

Nefarious data sharing between businesses and the U.S. government is nothing new. In Operation Shamrock, dating back to the Second World War, major U.S. telegraph companies secretly turned over to the National Security Agency (NSA) copies of all messages sent to or from the U.S. The companies took part in this operation--even thought they knew their actions were illegal--because of the government's strong appeal to patriotism. Operation Shamrock lasted well into the 1960s when computerized operations made it possible to search for keywords rather than read through all communications.

Related Matter

Introduction

U.S. Trends:
Data Collection Explosion
Data Warehouses
Government-Business Connection
Operation Shamrock
Data Accuracy
Fair Information Practices
The MATRIX (Formerly TIA)
Secure Flight (Formerly CAPPS II)
Infragard, TIPS and Cat Eyes
The USA Patriot Act
CALEA

Canada and Outside the U.S.