Surveillance & Privacy

11 September 2013

NSA violations led judge to consider viability of surveillance program The Guardian

A judge on the secret surveillance court was so disturbed by the National Security Agency's repeated violations of privacy restrictions that he questioned the viability of its bulk collection of Americans' phone records, according to newly declassified surveillance documents.

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Declassified court documents highlight NSA violations in data collection for surveillance Washington Post

The National Security Agency for almost three years searched a massive database of Americans' phone call records attempting to identify potential terrorists in violation of court-approved privacy rules, and the problem went unfixed because no one at the agency had a full technical understanding of how its system worked, according to new documents and senior government officials.

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Court Upbraided N.S.A. on Its Use of Call-Log Data New York Times

Intelligence officials released secret documents on Tuesday showing that a judge reprimanded the National Security Agency in 2009 for violating its own procedures and misleading the nation's intelligence court about how it used the telephone call logs it gathers in the hunt for terrorists.

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10 September 2013

How the NSA Accesses Smartphone Data Der Spiegel

The US intelligence agency NSA has been taking advantage of the smartphone boom. It has developed the ability to hack into iPhones, android devices and even the BlackBerry, previously believed to be particularly secure.

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Tech Companies Escalate Pressure on Government to Publish National Security Request Data New York Times

As more details emerge about how the government spies on online data, technology companies are escalating their efforts to publicly disclose information about government data requests.

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EU politicians want suspension of data-sharing deal amid new NSA spying allegations PC World

European politicians on Monday called for the immediate suspension of a data-sharing agreement between the U.S. and the European Union following more revelations of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency.

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Revealed: The NSA's Secret Campaign to Crack, Undermine Internet Security Pro Publica

The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents.

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Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft petition US over surveillance requests Computerworld

Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft all filed petitions Monday with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, as part of a renewed effort to reveal more information about government data requests.

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09 September 2013

N.S.A. Spied on Brazilian Oil Company, Report Says New York Times

The National Security Agency spied on Petrobras, Brazil's giant national oil company, according to a report here on Sunday night by the Globo television network, in the latest revelation of the agency's surveillance methods that have raised tension between Brazil and the United States.

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NSA Can Spy on Smart Phone Data Der Spiegel

Spiegel has learned from internal NSA documents that the US intelligence agency has the capability of tapping user data from the iPhone, devices using Android as well as BlackBerry, a system previously believed to be highly secure.

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Internet experts want security revamp after NSA revelations Reuters

Internet security experts are calling for a campaign to rewrite Web security in the wake of disclosures that the U.S. National Security Agency has developed the capability to break encryption protecting millions of sites.

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08 September 2013

NSA Surveillance Makes for Strange Bedfellows Businessweek

The controversy over U.S. government surveillance has produced a king-size collection of strange bed fellows. Beneath the covers one finds both amusing ironies and sober insights into the nature of American governance and political psychology.

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07 September 2013

Google encrypts data amid backlash against NSA spying Washington Post

Google is racing to encrypt the torrents of information that flow among its data centers around the world in a bid to thwart snooping by the NSA and the intelligence agencies of foreign governments, company officials said Friday.

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Microsoft and Yahoo voice alarm over NSA's assault on internet encryption The Guardian

Two of the world's biggest technology companies, Microsoft and Yahoo, expressed deep concern on Friday about widespread attempts by the US and UK intelligence services to circumvent the online security systems that protect the privacy of millions of people online.

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Facebook Delays New Privacy Policy New York Times

Facebook has apparently decided to delay a proposed new privacy policy after a coalition of privacy groups asked the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to block the changes on the grounds that they violated a 2011 settlement with the regulatory agency.

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NSA decryption revelations 'provide roadmap' to adversaries, US warns The Guardian

The Obama administration has responded to revelations on the NSA's successes in defeating online security and privacy published on Thursday by the Guardian, New York Times and ProPublica.

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US Legislation Seeks to Bar N.S.A. Tactic in Encryption New York Times

After disclosures about the National Security Agency's stealth campaign to counter Internet privacy protections, a congressman has proposed legislation that would prohibit the agency from installing "back doors" into encryption, the electronic scrambling that protects e-mail, online transactions and other communications.

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Yahoo Says U.S. Government Requests Most Data Bloomberg

Yahoo! Inc. said it received 12,444 requests for user data from the U.S. government in the first half of this year, more than any other country for which it shares information about data collection.

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06 September 2013

The US government has betrayed the internet. We need to take it back by Bruce Schneier The Guardian

Government and industry have betrayed the internet, and us. By subverting the internet at every level to make it a vast, multi-layered and robust surveillance platform, the NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract.

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NSA and GCHQ unlock privacy and security on the internet The Guardian

US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden.

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How internet encryption works: You may not realise you use encryption, but you probably do - and if someone breaks it, your details are theirs to own The Guardian

Don't be fooled by the suggestion that only terrorists, paedophiles and those with "something to hide" use encryption on the internet. Anyone who shops online uses it - though probably without realising that that's what the padlock symbol in the address bar of their browser means.

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Americans Go to Great Lengths to Mask Web Travels, Survey Finds New York Times

Most Americans say they believe the law is inadequate in protecting their privacy online. The e-mail or social media accounts of one in five have been broken into. And most American consumers take great efforts to mask their identities online.

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N.S.A. Is Able to Foil Basic Safeguards of Privacy on Web New York Times

The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents.

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NRA joins ACLU in suit against NSA's surveillance program CNET

Now here's an unlikely duo: the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Rifle Association.

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Privacy Groups Criticize Facebook in FTC Letter on Policies Bloomberg

Privacy groups asked the Federal Trade Commission to prevent Facebook Inc. from changing its data use policies on concern with how the social-network operator handles user information for advertising.

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