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Report: Obama proposal would curb NSA’s mass phone data collection

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is preparing a proposal that would curb the bulk collection of phone records by the National Security Agency, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing administration officials. Obama in January outlined a series of limited reforms to NSA data-gathering, banning eavesdropping on the…

NSA technology capable of retrieving and replaying month-old phone calls

The National Security Agency has technology capable of recording all the phone calls of an entire country and replaying them later, a report based on leaked documents said Tuesday. The Washington Post, citing documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, said the technology functions like a time machine by…

U.S. privacy board: NSA mass surveillance illegal and should be shut down

The bulk telephone data collection by a US intelligence agency is a massive violation of civil liberties and should be shut down, a government advisory panel said Thursday. A report by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a panel created on the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, concluded the…

Washington DC conundrum: Where to stockpile mountains of NSA data?

Figuring out where to house mountains of data collected by the National Security Agency is the thorniest challenge the United States faces in curtailing its massive surveillance, officials said Sunday. In a long-awaited speech designed to quell a furor……

New York Times and Guardian editorials say Edward Snowden deserves clemency

Both the New York Times and U.K. paper the Guardian published editorials on New Year’s Day calling for clemency for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The publications said that Snowden’s revelations may have revealed some state secrets as part of his mission to expose the National Security Agency’s massive spying apparatus,…

New York judge rules mass NSA phone metadata surveillance is lawful

A US district judge in New York ruled on Friday that controversial telephone surveillance by the National Security Agency was lawful and a vital component of the war on Al-Qaeda. The ruling (PDF) from Judge William Pauley of the southern district court in New York came 10 days after a…

How the NSA reportedly uses Google cookies could be next privacy flash point

Web cookies that allow advertisers to keep tabs on individual Internet users’ browsing habits are being co-opted by the National Security Agency to focus its cyberespionage – potentially reinvigorating the debate over consumer rights to online privacy, leaked documents show.;  …

CIA amassing a huge database on Americans’ financial data

The Central Intelligence Agency is amassing a huge database of international money transfers that includes the financial and personal data of millions of Americans, The Wall Street Journal reported. Under the program, the Federal Bureau of Investigation works with the CIA to collect large amounts of data on international transactions…

Senate bill ‘entrenches and codifies’ NSA mass surveillance, privacy advocates warn

Legislation in the Senate to reform the government’s sweeping surveillance powers would do little more than codify current practices, critics say. In a 11-4 vote, the Senate’s intelligence committee on Thursday approved legislation that would increase transparency of the National Security Agency but also would enshrine the bulk collection of…

Minnesota man sues NSA, DHS after they try to quash his parody merchandise

A Minnesota man is suing for the right to continue selling merchandise online that parodies the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Dan McCall sells T-shirts, hats, bumper stickers and other items that are printed by online retailer Zazzle.com and also sold on CafePress.com and his own…

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