Surveillance & Privacy

03 August 2013

BT and Vodafone 'gave users' data to GCHQ' The Independent

BT and Vodafone are alleged to be among companies which have been passing users' information to British spies.

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FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software CNET

The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies' internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts.

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US Congress eyes renewed push for legislation to rein in the NSA The Guardian

Members of Congress are considering 11 legislative measures to constrain the activities of the National Security Agency, in a major shift of political opinion in the eight weeks since the first revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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02 August 2013

GCHQ: inside the top secret world of Britain's biggest spy agency The Guardian

Files leaked by Edward Snowden reveal how the NSA pays for and influences some of the UK's intelligence gathering programmes. The documents also give unique insights into the challenges faced by the agency and the concerns it has about how to tackle them

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01 August 2013

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet' The Guardian

A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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Why NSA Surveillance Will Be More Damaging Than You Think The Atlantic

The real threat from terrorism is not the harm it inflicts directly but the over-reaction it provokes. We saw that with the invasion of Iraq. We're seeing it with security-state overreach.

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Surveillance, Legal Access Could Weaken Internet Infrastructure Threat Post

The pervasive bulk surveillance performed by the NSA and other government agencies that's been revealed in recent weeks relies on court orders, as do other kinds of legal access operations, such as wiretapping or lawful intercepts. Those orders are shrouded in secrecy and the organizations that receive them often comply immediately without asking any questions, a response that can sometimes be a mistake.

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31 July 2013

Internet privacy in an age of surveillance CNET

The chasm between technology and the law continues to widen. On one side are massive stores of personal data maintained by the Internet services we use and the sophisticated analysis tools the companies apply to monetize that data. On the other are privacy advocates groping for legal protections against misuse of that private data -- by government agencies and businesses alike.

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