Surveillance & Privacy

22 August 2013

The FISA court got really upset when the NSA didn’t tell the truth on surveillance Washington Post

For weeks, we've all been trying to determine whether the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is a rubber stamp or an effective check on the NSA's broad surveillance powers. The Obama administration insists that FISC's existence is evidence that the system works. Critics of the court say it is either complicit with the NSA or powerless to resist it.

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21 August 2013

PRISM works because a ton of data moves through U.S. servers. That's also why it could fail. Washington Post

The White House really doesn't want you to know what it knows about you. The risk, supposedly, is that disclosing how the nation's intelligence apparatus works would give terrorists and criminals an advantage. But in the long run, the government's penchant for secretiveness could actually undermine its ability to spy on terrorists.

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Groklaw news website abandoned over US surveillance BBC News

An award-winning legal news website has stopped work, saying it cannot operate under current US surveillance policies.

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Australian website privacy policies need overhaul: experts Computerworld

Regulation may be the only way to improve website privacy policies according to former Australian Privacy Commissioner, Malcolm Crompton.

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19 August 2013

Google trying to evade UK privacy laws, campaigners claim The Guardian

Privacy campaigners have slammed Google for claiming that UK laws don't apply to it, after British users claimed the search giant illicitly tracked their web browsing.

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17 August 2013

N.S.A. Calls Violations of Privacy 'Minuscule' New York Times

The top National Security Agency official charged with making sure analysts comply with rules protecting the privacy of Americans pushed back on Friday against reports that the N.S.A. had frequently violated privacy rules, after the publication of a leaked internal audit showing that there had been 2,776 such "incidents" in a one-year period.

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N.S.A. Often Broke Rules on Privacy, Audit Shows New York Times

The National Security Agency violated privacy rules protecting the communications of Americans and others on domestic soil 2,776 times over a one-year period, according to an internal audit leaked by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden and made public on Thursday night.

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15 August 2013

Google: don't expect privacy when sending to Gmail The Guardian

People sending email to any of Google's 425 million Gmail users have no "reasonable expectation" that their communications are confidential, the internet giant has said in a court filing.

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US and Germany to Enter No-spying Agreement, German Government Says CIO

The U.S. has verbally committed to enter into a no-spying agreement with Germany in the wake of disclosures about the U.S. National Security Agency's secret surveillance programs.

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Germany plans boost to European IT after U.S. spy row Reuters

Responding to Germans' unease over U.S. surveillance of the Internet, Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed initial plans on Wednesday to boost European technology companies and make them a more favourable alternative to U.S. peers.

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13 August 2013

N.S.A. Leaks Make Plan for Cyberdefense Unlikely New York Times

Even while rapidly expanding its electronic surveillance around the world, the National Security Agency has lobbied inside the government to deploy the equivalent of a "Star Wars" defense for America's computer networks, designed to intercept cyberattacks before they could cripple power plants, banks or financial markets.

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What NSA reforms? Washington Post

President Obama's message about the government's massive electronic surveillance programs came through loud and clear: Get over it.

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The NSA Is Commandeering the Internet: Technology companies have to fight for their users, or they'll eventually lose them by Bruce Schneier The Atlantic

It turns out that the NSA's domestic and world-wide surveillance apparatus is even more extensive than we thought. Bluntly: The government has commandeered the Internet. Most of the largest Internet companies provide information to the NSA, betraying their users. Some, as we've learned, fight and lose. Others cooperate, either out of patriotism or because they believe it's easier that way.

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12 August 2013

NSA claims it 'touches' only 1.6 percent of Internet traffic CNET

Just hours after President Obama defended the National Security Agency's activities, the foreign surveillance agency released a document in which it claims to review only a small faction of Internet traffic on a daily basis.

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09 August 2013

Privacy International to challenge telecoms firms over GCHQ cooperation The Guardian

BT and Vodafone are among seven large telecoms firms which could be pulled into a legal challenge under human rights law for cooperating with GCHQ's large-scale internet surveillance programs.

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08 August 2013

Broader Sifting of Data Abroad Is Seen by N.S.A. New York Times

The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans' e-mail and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance, according to intelligence officials.

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NSA snooping could cost U.S. tech companies $35 billion over three years Washington Post

U.S. cloud providers have already lost business over the NSA leaks, but now the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation has a report putting a dollar amount on the short-term costs: $21.5 to $35 billion over the next three years.

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07 August 2013

German justice minister proposes ban for US firms that don’t abide privacy laws Ars Technica

In an interview with a major newspaper in her home country, Germany's justice minister said on Monday that she favored even stronger European Union rules that would enhance data protection. And Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger took her stance even further: "United States companies that don't abide by these standards [they] should be denied doing business in the European market."

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NSA Aftermath: German Firms Scramble to Boost Data Protection Der Spiegel

German companies have long suspected China and Russia of trying to steal their secrets. But the NSA scandal has turned their attention west, forcing them to worry about prying American eyes and to rapidly bolster security measures.

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04 August 2013

Other Agencies Clamor for Data N.S.A. Compiles New York Times

The National Security Agency's dominant role as the nation's spy warehouse has spurred frequent tensions and turf fights with other federal intelligence agencies that want to use its surveillance tools for their own investigations, officials say.

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03 August 2013

BT and Vodafone 'gave users' data to GCHQ' The Independent

BT and Vodafone are alleged to be among companies which have been passing users' information to British spies.

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FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software CNET

The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies' internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts.

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US Congress eyes renewed push for legislation to rein in the NSA The Guardian

Members of Congress are considering 11 legislative measures to constrain the activities of the National Security Agency, in a major shift of political opinion in the eight weeks since the first revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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02 August 2013

GCHQ: inside the top secret world of Britain's biggest spy agency The Guardian

Files leaked by Edward Snowden reveal how the NSA pays for and influences some of the UK's intelligence gathering programmes. The documents also give unique insights into the challenges faced by the agency and the concerns it has about how to tackle them

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01 August 2013

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet' The Guardian

A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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