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May 22 2014

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December 25 2013

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22:39
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used computer products, the U.S. National Security Agency arranged a secret $10 million contract with RSA, one of the most influential firms in the computer security industry, Reuters has learned.

All your "secure" communications are belong to the NSA.

December 06 2013

surveyork
06:28
Under a new, extra-legal voluntary arrangement, Swedish telcos will turn over detailed call records, location data, and billing information to a wide variety of government agencies, including the tax authorities, police, and customs. The data will also include codes necessary to bypass Swedes' SIM PINs and covertly activate them over the air. Because this is a voluntary arrangement, there is no legal framework for it -- it wasn't the result of a law or act of Parliament. It's just a cozy arrangement between Sweden's carriers and the Swedish state.
Sweden's telcos hand over mass spying powers to police, tax authority, customs and other agencies - Boing Boing
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The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.

November 28 2013

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14:28

WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a top-secret NSA document. The document, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, identifies six targets, all Muslims, as “exemplars” of how “personal vulnerabilities” can be learned through electronic surveillance, and then exploited to undermine a target's credibility, reputation and authority.
Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit 'Radicalizers'
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November 20 2013

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November 14 2013

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November 01 2013

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10:42

The government released a second batch of documents yesterday in response to EFF's ongoing FOIA lawsuit for information concerning Section 215 of the Patriot Act—the provision of law the government relies on to compel the disclosure of records of millions of Americans' calls.

One document, in particular, confirms what in recent months has become abundantly clear: the NSA is unwilling to submit to meaningful and effective oversight and seems unwilling to recognize the extraordinarily sensitive nature of the information it collects.

The document, which appears to be a written response to an Intelligence Committee staffer's question, describes the NSA's acquisition and testing of Americans' cell site location data. The document shows that, prior to obtaining and testing samples of location information taken from Americans' cell phone calls, the NSA didn't even bother to inform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) or the relevant Congressional oversight bodies prior to doing so. In fact, neither NSA nor the National Security Division of the Department of Justice thought the collection of Americans' location information sufficiently novel or important to even justify an individualized legal analysis. In the view of DOJ, the location information of thousands (or millions) of Americans could just be lumped in with the information the FISC had already approved for collection.

Keep this in mind, too: approximately a year prior, the FISC nearly shut down the call record program after the agency repeatedly misled the court about how and under what circumstances it was accessing Americans' call records. To then obtain extraordinarily sensitive information about the movements of Americans—without first informing either the FISC or any of NSA's Congressional oversight bodies—smacks of a fundamental disregard for the NSA's oversight system and the coordinate branches of government. 

New Documents Confirm Same Old Fears: NSA Collects First, Seeks Authorization Later | Electronic Frontier Foundation

October 15 2013

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20:26
UNBELIEVABLE: Pro-surveillance Senators are trying to revive CISPA. Again! We've killed it twice before, we can do it again.

They really don't get it. 

Again and again the anti-privacy goons in Congress have circled the wagons to try and pass their favorite bill -- CISPA -- and again and again, we have completely shut them down. 

And yet, they're trying it again. Senators Diane Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss, leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee and staunch defenders of the NSA mass surveillance, say they are "very close" to introducing a Senate version of CISPA.

CISPA would grant legal immunity to corporations who share your data with the NSA -- sign to the right to tell your Senators: NO CISPA.

October 05 2013

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20:56

“There is no evidence that [bulk] phone records collection helped to thwart dozens or even several terrorist plots,” said Leahy. The Vermont Democrat then asked the NSA chief to admit that only 13 out of a previously cited 54 cases of foiled plots were genuinely the fruits of the government’s vast dragnet surveillance systems:

“These weren’t all plots, and they weren’t all foiled,” Leahy said, asking Alexander, “Would you agree with that, yes or no?”

“Yes,” replied Alexander.

September 30 2013

surveyork
07:28

Verizon’s a real mess these days. It thinks it has the right to block what we do and say online. And it apparently sees nothing wrong with helping the NSA hoover up our private communications.

Verizon doesn’t just want to watch where we go online. It also wants to determine where we go in the first place.

It’s time for Verizon to clean up its act.

Take action and we’ll send a petition with your name — and some much-needed soap — to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam.

September 10 2013

surveyork
23:00

BY PAUL ELIAS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal officials on Tuesday released previously classified documents showing misuse of a domestic spying program in 2009.

September 05 2013

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22:24
The agency [NSA] has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets and medical records, and automatically secures the e-mails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world, the documents show.

August 09 2013

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22:03
The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens' email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian by Edward Snowden.
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21:49
According to a new report by The New York Times, the National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting content—not just the previously acknowledged metadata—of Americans who simply “mention information about foreigners under surveillance, according to intelligence officials.”
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21:40
Network security agreements that Reliance Communications and VSNL signed with U.S. government departments oblige them to share data carried on their infrastructure and assist the U.S. in its surveillance programme.
By SAGNIK DUTTA in New Delhi

August 03 2013

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09:51
The problem with the sick, obsessive superpower revealed to us by Edward Snowden is that it cannot bring itself to utter the one line it absolutely must utter before it can move on: “My name is America and I’m a dataholic.” For American spies, Big Data is like crack cocaine: just a few doses – and you can forget about mending your way and kicking the habit. Yes, there’s an initial illusion of grandeur and narcissistic omnipotence – just look at us, we could prevent another 9/11! – but a clearer, unmediated brain would surely notice that one’s judgment has been severely impaired. Prevent another 9/11? When two kids with extensive presence on social media can blow up a marathon in Boston? Really? All this data, all this sacrifice– and for what?
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