NSA

  • Why Section 702 Reform Matters

    Why Section 702 Reform Matters

    A recent report in the Washington Post delved into the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Section 702 surveillance activities, and although it found that the program returns useful information to the agency, it also revealed broad use of the legal authority to collect data and communications from non-target parties. It also indicated that “unmasked identities remain in the… Read More

  • Who Watches The Watchmen?

    Who Watches The Watchmen?

    In honor of the Fourth of July, let’s talk a little about how horrifically paranoid and counterproductive the US government has become. And I’m not even talking about Congress! Instead I mean our old friend the No Such Agency, who, it turns out, have been singling out for special treatment anyone who displays any interest in tools which might make the NSA’s life more difficult. Read More

  • The EFF Calls Gov Report Supporting Surveillance “Legally Flawed And Factually Incomplete”

    The EFF Calls Gov Report Supporting Surveillance “Legally Flawed And Factually Incomplete”

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) isn’t enthused with a report from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) concerning government surveillance under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The current report generally upheld the program, offering a few motes of potential reform as suggestions. The report was, I think it fair to say, expected to… Read More

  • Senators Call On Obama For More Transparency In The Intelligence Community

    Senators Call On Obama For More Transparency In The Intelligence Community

    Two senators who scolded the intelligence community for failing to provide a sufficient transparency report are taking their complaints to the White House. Senators Al Franken and Dean Heller asked President Barack Obama “to support stronger transparency provisions” in a letter Tuesday. The senators urged Obama to endorse their bill that would require the intelligence community… Read More

  • Microsoft Bolsters Encryption For OneDrive And Outlook.com

    Microsoft Bolsters Encryption For OneDrive And Outlook.com

    Microsoft announced this morning that it has bolstered the security of several of its digital products, bringing stronger encryption tools to its OneDrive and Outlook.com services. In the wake of revelations that the United States government was tapping the core fiber cables of the Internet, snooping on traffic between the data centers of large technology companies, and working to weaken… Read More

  • FBI, CIA Join NSA In “Backdoor” Searches On Americans

    FBI, CIA Join NSA In “Backdoor” Searches On Americans

    Thousands of Americans were targets of so-called “backdoor” warrantless surveillance by the NSA and other intelligence agencies last year, according to a letter sent to Senator Ron Wyden. The missive, written by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to the Senator in response to a question posed earlier this month, is plainspoken. The Office also stated that… Read More

  • Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

    Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

    A court permitted the National Security Agency to collect information about governments in 193 countries and foreign institutions like the World Bank, according to a secret document the Washington Post published Monday. The certification issued by a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2010 shows the NSA has the authority to “intercept through U.S. companies not just the… Read More

  • Two Senators Upbraid The Intelligence Community For Insufficient Disclosure

    Two Senators Upbraid The Intelligence Community For Insufficient Disclosure

    Consider Senators Al Franken and Dean Heller unimpressed. Today the two Senators, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, released statements disparaging a recent transparency report from the U.S. intelligence community that broke down its activities in incredibly vague fashion. Read More

  • Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Calls Supreme Court Cellphone-Warrant Case “Seminal”

    Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Calls Supreme Court Cellphone-Warrant Case “Seminal”

    It’s been a busy week in the realm of policy and technology, with the Supreme court weighing in on a several issues impacting the industry, and the government releasing something akin to a transparency report regarding a portion of the NSA’s surveillance practices. The unanimous Supreme Court decision on Riley v. California caused a stir because it set new precedent regarding… Read More

  • Gov Oversight Board Will Weigh In On The Legality Of PRISM

    Gov Oversight Board Will Weigh In On The Legality Of PRISM

    On July 2nd, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) will release a report on the government’s use of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to execute surveillance. The NSA’s PRISM program, for example, is legally grounded in Section 702. The independent oversight group is part of the Executive Branch, and is notable for its sharp rebuke of… Read More