Snowden's leaks, published by the Guardian, the Washington Post, Der Spiegel, and other outlets, revealed the agency's wide-reaching capabilities to surveil Americans online. The NSA has tapped into fibre optic Internet cables, used secret court orders to obtain private information from major Silicon Valley companies, and brokered deals with major telecoms and foreign intelligence agencies.
Here's a map to help you avoid the agency's watchful eye online. As you can see, prospects are pretty bleak:
Illustration by Joe Kloc