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 NSA's Pinwale surveillance database

Pinwale is the code name for an NSA database of archived foreign and domestic e-mails it has collected under its SIGINT efforts. It is searchable by monitored NSA analysts. Its existence was first revealed by an NSA analyst who was trained to use it during 2005.[1]


According to information obtained by The Guardian from Edward Snowden, Pinwale is part of "multi-tiered system" to address the issue of NSAs X-Keyscore program "collecting so much internet data that it can be stored only for short periods of time." The system allows analysts to store "interesting" content in databases such as Pinwale, which is capable of storing material for up to five years.

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