So theyre using AI to track x amount of purchases from random websites on the entire web.
Damn u snowden for developing the program.
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That's not how it works.
They gather EVERYTHING that might be useful information. Then, when they have a reason to investigate someone, they don't need to worry about only getting information from that point forward,
It's like, if Cops get a warrant to tap your phones, intercept your cell, and monitor your emails, they can only obtain what's available to them after the warrant. Any calls you made or emails you sent and deleted prior to the warrant are unable to be included in the data collection.
With systems such as Carnivore, the information is gathered but not accessed unless a court order is issued. Now they can look back at info that existed prior to the warrant and use that against you as well.
Of course, there's also that treasure trove of data we call Purchase History, Rental History and so on that has what you bought, watched, listened to and ordered for others going back years -- no NSA software required.
Like he said, there is possibly a big "sting" going on, and he just hit that list with his online purchase activity.