NSA

  • Hillary Clinton Denounces NSA Surveillance On German Chancellor

    Hillary Clinton Denounces NSA Surveillance On German Chancellor

    Hillary Clinton criticized the National Security Agency (NSA) for spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone, calling it “absolutely wrong” in an interview with German media outlet Spiegel published Tuesday. Former government contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks revealed in October that Merkel’s phone calls were intercepted by the NSA, damaging diplomatic… Read More

  • The Privacy Implications Of NSA Searches Should Not Be Minimized

    The Privacy Implications Of NSA Searches Should Not Be Minimized

    The Obama administration on Sunday attempted to downplay the damning revelations made in the Washington Post about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) broad data sweeps under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA). In response officials told the New York Times that “the agency routinely filters out the communications of Americans and information that is of… Read More

  • Germany Unhappy With U.S. Over Allegations Of A Double Agent Assisting In Continued Spying

    Germany Unhappy With U.S. Over Allegations Of A Double Agent Assisting In Continued Spying

    The U.S. got caught paying a German intelligence operative $34K to spy on the German group created to investigate the U.S.’s spying on Germany — at least according to the most recent crop of embarrassing allegations into the NSA’s surveillance activities. And German Chancellor Merkel is not pleased. Earlier today in China, the Chancellor stated that if the allegations prove… Read More

  • 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