Since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the government has subjected its citizens to increasing surveillance without concrete grounds for suspicion. Digital surveillance is the major means to this end, with countless amounts of data being recorded, registered and linked.
Officials say this huge exchange of information is aimed at discovering and preventing terrorist threats.
With great haste in the early years of the new millennium, the various intelligence services became more tightly networked. New agencies such as the Joint Counter Terrorism Center were created, new criminal offenses were enshrined into law, and new databases emerged.