Unnamed Officials Tell Wall Street Journal They May Keep More Data Because of NSA Lawsuits

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 8:47 am

Unnamed United States government officials have apparently told the Wall Street Journal that the National Security Agency might have to expand its “collection” of Americans’ phone records because people are suing the government to stop what they consider to be intrusive and unconstitutional surveillance. This idea being floated in a major national newspaper is the [...]

Obama Lectures Those Outraged by NSA Surveillance Programs in Speech Announcing Reforms

By: Friday January 17, 2014 2:40 pm

The president delivered a speech on changes his administration would support to National Security Agency programs and policies, but what most stood out was not the announced reforms. It was how the speech focused on him and what he had done and how it seemed like he was lecturing Americans who have been outraged by [...]

My Doctor Can Disclose My Medical Records to the NSA Without My Authorization (and so can yours)

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 7:43 am

You can learn a lot about a person from their medical records– what’s that STD test all about? Mental health issues? Hiding a health problem from an employer? Terminated pregnancy? Had a medical issue that might expose your sexuality when you don’t wish to do so? Work for the military or government and trying to [...]

Obama to ‘Overhaul’ Security Clearances System, Not Surveillance Programs

By: Wednesday January 15, 2014 10:26 am

When President Barack Obama delivers his speech on alleged surveillance reforms on Friday, he will not be suggesting measures that will truly prevent future abuse of surveillance powers. He will be advocating for reforms that could prevent another whistleblower like NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

As Obama Holds Meetings, NSA Whistleblowers Warn Reforms to Preserve the Surveillance State

By: Thursday January 9, 2014 10:37 am

The White House is holding a number of meetings on possible National Security Agency reforms. President Barack Obama reportedly met with staffers for intelligence officials on January 8 in a meeting that was classified “top secret.” A top lawyer for the administration, Kathy Ruemmler, is scheduled to hear from “civil liberties groups” on January 9. [...]

Christmas Message from Snowden: ‘A Child Born Today Will Grow Up with No Conception of Privacy’

By: Wednesday December 25, 2013 9:26 am

Former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden will address British citizens in an “alternative Christmas message” to be aired on Channel 4 News. The message was produced by journalist and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras. It is a call to consider the world we want to live in and whether we are willing to [...]

Judge Finds NSA Phone Metadata Program Infringes Upon Privacy & Vindicates Edward Snowden

By: Monday December 16, 2013 7:26 pm

In a ruling on constitutional claims brought against the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection program, which collects the phone records of all Americans, a federal judge ruled the program infringes upon the “degree of privacy” America’s founders “enshrined in the Fourth Amendment.” Judge Richard Leon of the US District Court for the District of [...]

US Must Not Surrender in Big Brother Arms Race, Senator Argues in Hearing on NSA Surveillance

By: Thursday December 12, 2013 11:28 am

National Security Agency Gen. Keith Alexander, Deputy Attorney General James Cole and Office of the Director for National Intelligence General Counsel Robert Litt were all witnesses for another Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on surveillance. It attempted to address some of the numerous issues that have been made clear as a result of news stories on [...]

NSA Collects Leaked Location Data from Mobile Apps in Ad-Targeting Efforts

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 11:05 am

Latest revelations from National Security Agency documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden renew focus on the need for online companies to provide users with better controls so “unique identifiers” do not aid the government in warrantless surveillance. The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani reported yesterday that a slide from an [...]

NSA Extended Tentacles to Ensure Games Like World of Warcraft, Second Life Weren’t Beyond Its Reach

By: Monday December 9, 2013 11:27 am

The National Security Agency targeted Internet communications features in games or virtual environments like Second Life, World of Warcraft (WoW) and XboxLive, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Documents from 2008, reported and published in partnership by The New York Times, The Guardian and ProPublica, show that online game [...]

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