Full take is a term referring to the government surveillance of the internet, in which all data passing through a monitored connection is taken to be stored in a data centre. This allows intelligence agencies to analyse the data at a later point, without having to worry about losing some of it due to legal or technical issues.

See Also

  • GCHQ’s Tempora system was a full take approach to store all internet traffic passing through the UK known to be operating in 2013, as discovered in the Snowden revelations.
  • New Zealand’s GCSB collects phone calls and other communications in bulk at Waihopai Station, which it then submits to the XKeyscore database.



Last updated: 16 October 2017