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House approves bill to bar the NSA from carrying out searches without a court order

The US House of Representatives approved a bill that would restrict the electronic surveillance powers of the National Security Agency (NSA). The margin was wide, 293 to 123, for the bill attached to the defense budget for 2015, which begins October 1. For now, however, the bill will have no…

House panels approve bill putting a stop to NSA phone data gathering

U.S. lawmakers Thursday advanced a measure that reins in NSA surveillance Thursday, signaling final passage of reforms aimed at ending bulk data collection could come quicker than expected. Easing what was shaping up to be a showdown between reformers and hawkish National Security Agency reformers, the House Intelligence Committee abandoned…

John McCain: Young people upset about NSA spying because we’ve forgotten 9/11

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) recently suggested that young people were upset with the National Security Agency’s surveillance operations because they had forgotten about the September 11 terrorist attacks. During an appearance Friday morning on the Dan Patrick Show, he said that the NBA was right to punish Los Angeles Clippers…

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.;  …

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