News Burst: NSA reveals digital phone tap system

Could allow scanning of telephone conversations by keyword for first time

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has patented new phone tapping technology that could revolutionise surveillance of global telephone networks.

It is believed that the technology allows telephone conversations in any language to be monitored for key words en masse for the first time ever. The NSA already operates surveillance of international communications out of two military bases in Europe: Bad Ailing in Germany and Menwith Hill in the UK.

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