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  • The Snowden Effect, Quantified

    The Snowden Effect, Quantified

    The failure of the USA Freedom Act in the Senate earlier this month was a disappointment to many in favor of reforming the National Security Agency. The bill, far from perfect, and certainly incomplete in its scope was thought of by some as a possible first step. To others, it was a way for Congress to pass something that merely looked like reform. It didn’t advance after a procedural… Read More

  • Digital Privacy Is “The New Frontier Of Human Rights”

    Digital Privacy Is “The New Frontier Of Human Rights”

    The impact of mass, digitally-enabled state surveillance upon individuals’ privacy has been described as “the new frontier of human rights” by Member of the European Parliament, Claude Moraes, who was giving an annual lecture on behalf of the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy at the London School of Economics on Friday. Read More

  • The CIA’s Review Of Glenn Greenwald’s Snowden Book Is Hilarious

    The CIA’s Review Of Glenn Greenwald’s Snowden Book Is Hilarious

    Earlier this year, journalist Glenn Greenwald released a book titled No Place to Hide, chronicling the Snowden leaks, and breaking new ground on the NSA itself. The book garnered a grip of positive reviews upon publication, and has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon. Not bad, all told. But the most recent review of the book is by far the best. Hayden Peake, listed by the CIA’s website as… Read More

  • Tech Reacts To The Demise Of Partial NSA Reform In The Senate

    Tech Reacts To The Demise Of Partial NSA Reform In The Senate

    The failure of the Senate to advance NSA reform in the current Congress isn’t too popular with the technology community. The demise of the USA FREEDOM Act — a half-measure at best — in the Senate is another loss for the technology industry, which saw many of its leading companies repeatedly call for the bill’s passage. The FREEDOM Act was aimed at ending the… Read More

  • U.K. Spy Agency Chief Goes Public With Anti-Encryption Appeal To U.S. Tech Companies

    U.K. Spy Agency Chief Goes Public With Anti-Encryption Appeal To U.S. Tech Companies

    In what must be one of the most high profile consequences of last year’s Snowden revelations, which detailed the extent of government dragnet digital surveillance programs, the new chief of U.K. spy agency GCHQ has made a public appeal to U.S. technology companies to co-operate in handing over user data to support its counter terror efforts. Read More

  • Snowden Calls On Developers To Champion Privacy By Design

    Snowden Calls On Developers To Champion Privacy By Design

    Speaking at the Hope X conference taking place in New York this weekend, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden put out a call for developers to build systems that protect privacy and constitutional rights by design. He also revealed his own intention to work on developing privacy protecting technology. 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

  • Germany Nixing Verizon Contract Highlights Economic Impact Of US Spying

    Germany Nixing Verizon Contract Highlights Economic Impact Of US Spying

    The German government announced it was pulling its contract with Verizon due to fears the Internet provider was allowing U.S. agencies to spy on the government’s communications, the Associated Press reported Thursday. The news highlights the negative impact controversial government surveillance programs have on American businesses abroad. Read More

  • Here’s How UK Spy Agencies Justify Snooping On Brits’ Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Use

    Here’s How UK Spy Agencies Justify Snooping On Brits’ Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Use

    Some new details about UK government policy regarding mass surveillance of domestic Internet users have emerged today, in a witness statement made by Charles Blandford Farr, Director General of the UK Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism. Read More