The Obama administration permitted the National Security Agency to collect vast amounts of email records for at least two years, according to the latest report from The Guardian.
Leaked documents show that the NSA was able to identify the email accounts that sent and received messages, as well as IP addresses, which can reveal the computer’s location. The data collection did not include the contents of the emails.
The program was first started after the 9/11 terrorist attacks during the Bush administration and was brought under a legal framework in 2004, the newspaper reported. The Obama administration confirmed the existence of the program, but said it ended in 2011.