List of government mass surveillance projects

 You live in a society where if you mind your own business everyone else minds their own. If the police or government want to find out anything they have to issue a warrant. You live in a society where you have the fundamental human right of privacy. Right?


We actually live in a society that, in many ways, is much more pervasive and intrusive than Orwells Big Brother could have ever dreamed up. Nowadays we are constantly being tracked, watched and listened to by the government without most of us ever really realising this fact. CCTV, mobile phones, smart meters, smart televisions, internet, GPS, clocking in cards, RFID chips (if they get their way we will all be chipped), the list goes on and sadly on. Below is a list of some of the systems that they (your government/military) have in place to eavesdrop and record your every move. 

Take the time to read through, and follow up on, the links to Wikipedia anything you don’t understand. I hope this list helps open your eyes a bit more. The governments, especially those of the United Kingdom and United States, are really overstepping the mark on privacy issues. I believe that every human being has the basic right to privacy. The sad fact is we all act differently when we know we are being observed, and the powers that be know this. Their ideal populace would be docile workers who don’t question anything and just swallow whatever cover stories the elite can conjure up.


European Union

  • Data Retention Directive: A directive requiring EU member states to store citizens’ telecommunications data for six to 24 months and allowing police and security agencies to request access from a court to details such as IP address and time of use of every email, phone call, and text message sent or received.
  • INDECT: Research project funded by the European Union to develop surveillance methods (e.g. processing of CCTV camera data streams) for the monitoring of abnormal behaviours in an urban environment.



  • In August 2014 it was reported that law-enforcement agencies had been accessing Australians’ web browsing histories via internet providers such as Telstra without a warrant.
  • It was reported that Australia had issued 75% more wiretap warrants in 2003 than the US did and this was 26 times greater than the US on a per capita basis.


  • Monitoring Bureau
  • Public Information Network Security




Further information: Mass surveillance in India
  • NATGRID: An intelligence grid that links the databases of several departments and ministries of the Government of India.




 United Kingdom

  • Impact Nominal Index: The Impact Nominal Index or INI is a computer system that enables the UK police force to establish whether other relevant authorities are holding information regarding a person of interest.
  • UK National DNA Database (NDNAD): It is also the oldest national DNA database in the world. Since its establishment in 1995, the database has grown to include DNA samples from 2.7 million individuals, or 5.2% of the UK’s population, many of whom have neither been charged with, or convicted of, any offence.
  • Tempora: Launched in the autumn of 2011, this initiative allows the GCHQ to set up a large-scale buffer that is capable of storing internet content for 3 days and metadata for 30 days.

 United States

Further information: Mass surveillance in the United States

  • BULLRUN: a highly classified U.S. National Security Agency program to preserve its ability to eavesdrop on encrypted communications by influencing and weakening encryption standards, by obtaining master encryption keys, and by gaining access to data before or after it is encrypted either by agreement, by force of law, or by computer network exploitation (hacking).
  • Carnivore: A system implemented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that was designed to monitor email and electronic communications. Apparently replaced by commercial software such as NarusInsight.
  • Main Core: A personal and financial database storing information of millions of U.S. citizens believed to be threats to national security. The data mostly comes from the NSAFBICIA, as well as other government sources.
  • MUSCULAR: Overseas wiretapping of Google‘s and Yahoo‘s unencrypted internal networks by the NSA.
  • MYSTIC is a voice interception program used by the National Security Agency.
  • NSA ANT catalog: a 50 page document listing technology available to the United States National Security Agency (NSA) ANT division to aid in cyber-surveillance.
  • PRISM: A clandestine national security electronic surveillance program operated by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) which can target customers of participating corporations outside or inside the United States.
  • Room 641A: A telecommunication interception facility operated by AT&T for the U.S. National Security Agency.
  • Sentry Eagle: efforts to monitor and attack an adversary’s cyberspace through capabilities include SIGINT, Computer Network Exploitation (CNE), Information Assurance, Computer Network Defense (CND), Network Warfare, and Computer Network Attack (CNA). The efforts included weaking US commercial encryption systems.
  • Special Collection Service (SCS): A black budget program that is responsible for “close surveillance, burglary, wiretapping, breaking and entering.” It employs covert listening device technologies to bug foreign embassies, communications centers, computer facilities, fiber-optic networks, and government installations.
  • Intelligence Community (IC): A cooperative federation of 16 government agencies working together, but also separately, to gather intelligence and conductespionage.
  • X-Keyscore: A system used by the United States National Security Agency for searching and analysing internet data about foreign nationals.

 Unclear origin

 Recently discontinued

  • Information Awareness Office: An office established to bring together several DARPA projects focused on applying surveillance and information technology to track and monitor terrorists and other threats to U.S. national security.
  • ThinThread: A U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) program involved wiretapping and sophisticated analysis of the resulting data.
  • Trailblazer Project: U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) program intended to develop a capability to analyze data carried on communications networks including cell phone networks and the Internet.

2 thoughts on “List of government mass surveillance projects

  1. If you know of any other entries that deserve a mention here, be sure and send me a message or email so we can help keep the list up to date. I was initially shocked by how many spying systems that are in place, and was expecting a few to begin with but not this amount. So remember if it’s not on the list and you know a little about it then please let me know.


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