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India ranks 5th on US email spy network

india Updated: Jun 10, 2013 17:21 IST

India has emerged as the fifth most tracked country by the US intelligence which used a secret data-mining programme to monitor worldwide internet data.

Britain's Guardian newspaper claims to have acquired top secret documents about US' National Security Agency's (NSA) data-mining tool, called Boundless Informant.

The tool details and even maps by country the voluminous amount of information it collects from computer and telephone networks.

A snapshot of the Boundless Informant data, contained in a top secret NSA "global heat map", shows that in March 2013 the agency collected 97 billion pieces of intelligence from computer networks worldwide, the daily reported.

It showed that Iran was the country where the largest amount of intelligence was gathered, with more than 14 billion reports in that period, followed by 13.5 billion from Pakistan.

Jordan, one of America's closest Arab allies, came third with 12.7 billion, Egypt fourth with 7.6 billion and India fifth with 6.3billion.

"The tool allows users to select a country on a map and view the metadata volume and select details about the collections against that country," an NSA factsheet about the Boundless Informant program reads.

The heat map gives each nation a colour code based on how extensively it is subjected to NSA surveillance.

The colour scheme ranges from green (least subjected to surveillance) through yellow and orange to red.