SEC defends email privacy practices

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday defended its practice of obtaining emails older than 180 days without a warrant. SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White told the House Appropriations subcommittee on financial services that her agency protects people’s privacy when it uses subpoenas — rather than warrants, which have a higher burden of proof […]

NSA revelations ‘changing how businesses store sensitive data’

The vast scale of online surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden is changing how businesses store commercially sensitive data, with potentially dramatic consequences for the future of the internet, according to a new study. A survey of 1,000 business leaders from around the world has found that many are questioning their reliance on “cloud computing” in favour of more secure forms […]

Leaked Snowden docs show NSA hacked Chinese telecom co.

The Times reported the U.S. National Security Agency monitored communications of top Huawei executives looking for evidence of ties to the Chinese government and military. The documents do not confirm those ties, the Times reported. The NSA was also interested in tapping into Huawei’s extensive networks, enabling it to monitor communications of Huawei customers in other countries, including Iran, […]

Intelligence Gathering and the Threat It Poses to Free Press

The latest Snowden revelations – including Julian Assange figuring on a manhunting timeline and a possible classification of WikiLeaks as a malicious foreign actor – clearly demonstrate the National Security State’s conflation of journalism and whistleblowing with terrorism. If you have ever searched for “WikiLeaks” on the internet, then British Intelligence (and the NSA) probably […]

NSA chief criticises media and suggests UK was right to detain David Miranda

The outgoing director of the National Security Agency lashed out at media organizations reporting on Edward Snowden’s surveillance revelations, suggesting that British authorities were right to detain David Miranda on terrorism charges and that reporters lack the ability to properly analyze the NSA’s broad surveillance powers. General Keith Alexander, who has furiously denounced the Snowden […]

Zuckerberg: Snowden NSA Revelations Have Brought The Tech Industry Closer

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about the extent of the U.S. government’s surveillance dragnet of Internet users has had one positive impact, according to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg: it’s made rivals in the tech industry more open to working together. “The NSA issues, I think they’re a real issue, especially for U.S. Internet companies,” he said today. “Trust […]

NSA plans to expand collection of American phone metadata

Lawsuits waged at the United States government over the National Security Agency’s controversial phone data collection program may actually cause the NSA to hold onto information even longer, a new report reveals. A handful of lawsuits have been filed against the US government and the administration of President Barack Obama since last June when former intelligence contractor […]

Rand Paul: The NSA is still violating our rights, despite what James Clapper says

Director of Intelligence James Clapper now says the National Security Agency (NSA) should have been more open about the fact that they were spying on all Americans. I’m glad he said this. But there is no excuse for lying in the first place. When Senator Ron Wyden (a Democrat from Oregon) asked Director Clapper during an intelligence hearing in March of last […]

Reporting Based on NSA Leaks Wins Polk Award

Four journalists who reported on the extent of the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden are among the winners of the 65th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism. Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras of The Guardian and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post will receive the award […]

NSA protest stirs up memories of AT&T spying scandal

An AT&T whistleblower, who leaked documents in 2006 that showed the company opened up its systems to the National Security Agency, took center stage at a “The Day We Fight Back” protest in San Francisco. It was a walk down memory lane for Mark Klein on Tuesday night, when a crowd gathered to hear him […]

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