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NSA's Bulk Collection Of Americans' Phone Data Is Illegal, Appeals Court Rules

The National Security Agency's practice of collecting data about Americans' telephone calls in bulk goes beyond what Congress intended when it wrote Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.<p>The three-judge panel was asked to consider whether the program violated …

Surveillance

Countless Anonymous Data Sets Could Be Vulnerable To Hackers

The study finds that traditional ways of anonymizing large data sets such as pulling things like names, account numbers, addresses, etc. out of the data don't actually render it anonymous.<p>The study analyzed 1.1 million credit card records and found that in the case of the large credit card data …

UN needs agency for data protection, European commissioner tells Davos

A new UN agency for data protection and data security is needed to protect the confidential and personal information of citizens around the world, the European commissioner for digital economy told delegates at the World Economic Forum on Thursday.<p>Günther Oettinger said the recent Sony hack, which …

Privacy

We Asked 29 Tech Companies If Their Employees Can Access Your Personal Data

Privacy policies rarely mention the weakest point in any company's security infrastructure: its employees.<p>Traditionally, privacy worries for consumers and tech companies have been limited to keeping information secure from third parties or hackers. But a series of internal abuses show that tech …

Privacy

Mass internet surveillance threatens international law, UN report claims

Mass surveillance of the internet by intelligence agencies is “corrosive of online privacy” and threatens to undermine international law, according to a report to the United Nations general assembly.<p>The critical study by Ben Emmerson QC, the UN’s special rapporteur on counter-terrorism, released on …

Big companies snoop on public more than GCHQ, says spy chief

Sir Iain Lobban, Director of GCHQ, says private firms are the ones who know everything about you and share data<p>Private firms snoop far more on the public than the spy agencies, the head of GCHQ has said.<p>Sir Iain Lobban, Director of the intelligence agency, said it was the “commercial companies” who …

CIA concedes it spied on US senate committee investigating torture allegations

The head of the CIA has made an extraordinary apology to senior members of the US Congress after an investigation found its officers had "improperly" …

Snowden reports NSA employees intercept, share private nude photos

Edward Snowden is currently holed up in Russia, but the <i>Guardian</i> recently paid him a visit, and today published an interview today in which the former government contractor discussed numerous privacy violations, including the "routine enough" practice of intercepting nude photos shared privately …

US to extend privacy protection rights to EU citizens

The Obama administration has caved in to pressure from the European Union in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations on surveillance by promising to pass legislation granting European citizens many of the privacy protection rights enjoyed by US citizens.<p>The proposed law would apply to data on …

Iran nuclear deal puts staunchly pro-Israel Tories in tricky spot

While its allies struck a nuclear deal with Iran, Canada decided to skip the parade. The United States, the European Union, the United Nations will all lift an array of economic sanctions under the agreement, but Canada, at least for now, has no plans to follow suit.<p>When it comes to Iran, Prime …

The NSA is recording every single phone call from Afghanistan

If you’re a member of the Taliban plotting an attack against a girl’s school, you may want to think twice before speaking on your cell phone.<p>In other words, Edward Snowden is at it again.<p>The ubiquitous National Security Agency is purportedly recording every single landline and cell-based phone call …

The NSA is recording all cellphone calls in the Bahamas

You might want to be careful of what you say over the phone the next time you visit the Bahamas. According to <i>The Intercept</i>, NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal that the security agency is not just listening to all mobile calls made to, from and within the island nation, but also recording …

Can the NSA Keep U.S. Metadata Safe From Hackers and Spies?

It's hard to justify letting the agency collect sensitive data when even its defenders admit it struggles to protect its secrets.<p>General Keith Alexander, who recently stepped down from his position atop the NSA, told an interviewer in Australia that he still has no idea how many documents Edward …

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Labor's capitulation to ever more invasive surveillance is shameful

It won’t make the front page but on 30 March, Labor’s deputy leader Tanya Plibersek quietly caved in on one of the most invasive of recent proposals for mass surveillance in Australia.<p>The mandatory data retention regime would compel phone companies and internet service providers (ISPs) to retain …

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Snowden leaks: NSA 'can collect all calls in foreign nation'

<b>The US government has reportedly built a system that can record every phone call made over a month in an undisclosed foreign country.</b><p>The National Security Agency (NSA) programme was created in 2009, the Washington Post reported.<p>Fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked details of …

NSA system designed to attack 'millions' of computers -- report

The US government designed computerized hacking tools to automate the process of compromising computers with attacks that let it harvest data before it is encrypted, new documents show.<p>Through an operation called Turbine, the NSA crafted an automated system designed to hack "millions" of computers, …

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Australian Federal Police calls for more access to metadata to snare criminals

The Australian Federal Police is calling for more powers to monitor phone and internet data from ordinary Australians, saying a lack of access is …

NSA employee resigns after admitting he aided Snowden

New documents reveal an unnamed civilian shared his access to classified information on NSANet<p>A civilian employee of the National Security Agency (NSA) has resigned his position after admitting he shared access to classified information with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. A memo detailing …

US law firm was 'caught in NSA surveillance net' in Indonesia – report

An unnamed US law firm was caught up in surveillance involving the National Security Agency and its Australian counterpart, according to a report released on Saturday.<p>The New York Times reported that a top-secret document obtained by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden showed the firm was …

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FORTUNE — Here’s a question, privacy hounds: Is the video-surveillance system that blankets Manhattan from Midtown to the Battery, river to river, really not so different from an earlier anti-crime innovation, street lights? That’s what Richard Daddario, deputy commissioner for counterterrorism …

W.H. lets tech disclose NSA info

The Obama administration brokered a deal with Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other technology giants that will allow the companies to disclose more information about government surveillance requests targeting their users.<p>The announcement Monday marks a victory for the tech industry, which had been …

James Clapper calls for Snowden and 'accomplices' to return NSA documents

James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, has issued a blistering condemnation of Edward Snowden, calling the surveillance disclosures published by the Guardian and other news outlets a “perfect storm” that would endanger American lives.<p>Testifying before a rare and unusually raucous …

Angry Birds and 'leaky' phone apps targeted by NSA and GCHQ for user data

The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.<p>The data pouring onto …