Many eyes (and ears)

Besides death and taxes is the one constant held in all our lives surveillance. One can't even take an unobserved crap in the desert anymore.

The UKUSA agreement, first called the BRUSA Agreement, was signed in March 1946 for cooperation in signals intelligence between the UK and the USA. It was extended to include Canada in 1948 and Australia and New Zealand in 1956.

The Multinational Interoperability Council (MIC) may be the group called Seven Eyes. It started in 1999 as the Six Nation Council and now has seven members: the US, Canada, Australia, Britain, France, Germany and Italy.

The Nine Eyes consist of the Five Eyes plus Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Norway.

The Fourteen Eyes consist of the Nine Eyes plus Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Sweden.

The Fourteen Eyes are known as SIGINT Seniors Europe (SSEUR), and spying on each other, and on each other's citizens' metadata.

Plus, of course, countries not in the fourteen eyes, also have ears and eyes.