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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…

Pentagon overseer admits he was ‘not aware’ of NSA’s bulk data collection

Pentagon’s Watchdog In Charge Of NSA Oversight Admits He Was ‘Not Aware’ Of NSA’s Bulk Data Collection (via Techdirt) We hear it over and over again from defenders of the NSA: the programs, such as the bulk collection of call metadata are perfectly legal in part because of oversight from…

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…

Revealed: Unnamed American law firm ensnared in NSA surveillance

n unnamed U.S. law firm was caught up in the global surveillance of the National Security Agency (NSA) and its overseas partners in Australia, according to a newspaper report on Saturday. A top secret document obtained by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden shows the firm was monitored while representing a…

NSA report suggests Edward Snowden had three possible collaborators

The NSA Offers Up Three Possible Contributors To Snowden’s Leaks To Its Congressional Oversight (via Techdirt) The question has often been asked, but without a satisfactory answer: how did Snowden end up with so many sensitive documents? Further, how did he manage to do this undetected? There has been a…

Lawmaker warns Justice Dept.: Support NSA reform or lose key Patriot Act provision

Congress Warns DOJ That If It Doesn’t Support NSA Reform Plan, It Won’t Renew Key Patriot Act Provision (via Techdirt) While the USA Freedom Act isn’t perfect, it is one bill in Congress that has a lot of support and will fix many problems with the current NSA overreach. Much…

NSA got access to 40,000 Yahoo and Google user accounts in first 6 months of 2013

Last week, we noted that the DOJ and various internet companies had settled their legal fight, which concerned whether or not those companies could reveal the details of how many FISA Court requests they were receiving -- both in terms of how many requests……

More states looking to neutralize NSA through local legislation

The NSA's new data center in Utah has provided the flashpoint for legislation targeted at "nullifying" the agency by cutting off its access to public utilities and/or leveraging the powers granted to states to combat federal government overreach. An……

NSA also serves U.S. corporations: Snowden interview

The US National Security Agency (NSA) sometimes uses data it collects for economic purposes, intelligence leaker Edward Snowden reveals in an extract of an interview with a German television chain to be broadcast Sunday. "If there is information, for……

Tech security researchers tell Obama: NSA spying has broken communication infrastructure

Open Letter From Security Researchers Explains How NSA Has Weakened Our Communications Infrastructure (via Techdirt) Among the many problems with President Obama’s weak statement concerning NSA surveillance was the fact that he didn’t even address the serious issue of the NSA undermining cryptography with backdoors. The White House’s task force…

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