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Call-Log App Aims to Reverse-Engineer NSA Surveillance

Sharing your call data with researchers could help show what the NSA can deduce from the data it harvests.<p>In an attempt to discover what the NSA can …

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Inside the obscure government report that blasts Obama for illegal NSA spying

A privacy watchdog lays out the strongest case yet against 'unconstitutional' metadata collection<p>Illegal and unconstitutional: that’s what a sudden, blistering report from an obscure government committee has called the NSA’s phone-record database. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was …

Researchers show why the NSA's phone metadata is far from anonymous

Since the first of many leaked documents showed that the NSA has been gathering phone records en masse as part of its anti-terrorism program, there's been an ongoing fight over just what these records reveal. To supporters, the metadata collection is a limited system that's rarely queried and …

Federal judge rules NSA's bulk phone record collection likely unconstitutional

A US district court has ruled that the NSA's bulk collection of phone records is likely unconstitutional. Today, Judge Richard Leon granted a preliminary injunction to Verizon customers Larry Klayman and Charles Strange, saying that they were suffering harm from having his records collected and …

The NSA is out of control and must be stopped

End the nightmare of mass surveillance now<p>The National Security Agency is breaking trust in democracy by breaking trust in the internet. Every day, the NSA records the lives of millions of Americans and countless foreigners, collecting staggering amounts of information about who they know, where …

NSA reportedly 'piggybacking' on Google advertising cookies to home in on surveillance targets

In yet another disclosure from Edward Snowden's pile of leaked NSA documents, <i>The Washington Post</i> has revealed that the US surveillance agency may be using Google's advertising cookies to track and "pinpoint" targets for government hacking and location-tracking. According to Snowden's leaked …

International authors launch petition calling for end to mass surveillance

In a petition released this week, 562 of the world's authors — including five Nobel Prize laureates — came together to call for sweeping surveillance reform in the wake of the ongoing spying scandal. The petition comes only a day after eight leading tech companies, including Apple, Google, and …

US adorns its newest spy rocket with malevolent octopus

The octopus is not just the in thing for hipster pillow designs — the US government's taken a liking to it once again, and has plastered it onto its latest space delivery. A large, orange octopus seen grasping its tentacles over the top and side of the Earth can be seen on the side of NROL-39, …

Microsoft and Google lead coalition demanding limits on government surveillance

In October, the tech industry's biggest companies petitioned Congress to reform the US government's surveillance policies. Now, the firms are taking their pleas global. Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Yahoo and AOL (Engadget's parent company) have banded together to ask the …

Japan's new state-secrets law gives leakers up to 10 years in prison

Japan has enacted a new state-secrets law that strengthens punishments for journalists and government officials who leak or seek top secrets, reports Reuters. The legislation has been met with protests and criticism by the public, with many fearing that the law will be used to silence media outlets …

The NSA sent employees Thanksgiving talking points

Making conversation at Thanksgiving can be hard, but apparently it's especially hard if you're an employee of the National Security Agency. So the agency has stepped in to solve the problem, issuing this list of approved talking points for fending off hostile relatives, unearthed by reporter Kevin …

Researchers use NSA’s own tactics to see how invasive NSA spying is

Stanford researchers are trying to act like the NSA in order to learn about the NSA. Researchers Jonathan Mayer and Patrick Mutchler created …

Senators back lawsuit against NSA: 'no evidence' that bulk phone spying helps national security

A trio of Democrat Senators sitting on the US Select Committee on Intelligence has expressed its disapproval of the NSA's bulk surveillance of US citizens' phone calls. Ron Wyden of Oregon, Mark Udall of Colorado, and Martin Heinrich from New Mexico all agree — having reviewed confidential …

Obama Administration Tries to Ban Phone Unlocking, Claims to Support It

Slate is reporting that, while the Obama administration has long been making noises about trying to support phone unlocking, it's also been busy …

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Motorola announces the $179 Moto G, a lot of smartphone for not a lot of money

Motorola's latest is Google's move to take over emerging markets<p>Following the expansion of its Moto Maker service and a price drop for the Moto X earlier this week, Motorola today announced the Moto G, a new low-cost entry-level smartphone for global markets. The Moto G doesn't skimp on features, …

Smooth operators: why phone companies don't fight the NSA

Will AT&T and Verizon ever push back against NSA surveillance? Don't bet on it<p>Last week, the <i>New York Times</i> unearthed a troubling twist to the endless stream of bad surveillance news. Not only is AT&T handing over bulk call records to the CIA, but they’re getting paid for it, to the tune of $10 …

Will the global NSA backlash break the internet?

Brazil and Germany make moves to protect online privacy, but experts see a troubling trend toward Balkanization<p>The NSA's ongoing surveillance has spurred many governments to pursue stronger data-protection laws, but there are growing concerns that this backlash could divide the internet along …

British intelligence heads defend surveillance as parliament hearings go public

British intelligence leaders were questioned at a public hearing earlier today about their involvement with the mass data-collection programs detailed in documents leaked by Edward Snowden, reports the BBC. Such hearings usually occur in private, reportedly making the public broadcasting of this …

The CIA pays AT&T over $10 million a year for foreign call logs

AT&T receives over $10 million each year from the CIA to provide phone records during counterterrorism investigations, reports <i>The New York Times</i>. AT&T's cooperation in these investigations is said to be voluntary, and not mandated by any type of order. Under the deal, the CIA is reportedly able to …

More NSA Leakers Followed Snowden's Footsteps, Whistleblower Lawyer Says

By BRIAN ROSS and RHONDA SCHWARTZ<p>Several more current and former National Security Agency insiders, inspired by American fugitive Edward Snowden, …

Beautiful, interactive feature from The Guardian reviews all the NSA revelations

<i>The Guardian</i> has come out with a comprehensive guide to former federal contractor Edward Snowden's National Security Agency (NSA) leaks. The interactive piece, which is designed to be beautiful and digestible, summarizes the scandal after months of fractured reporting about different aspects of the …

How Working Remotely Changed My Life (and Can Change Yours, Too)

<i>Justin is the Product Manager for Industry Mailout. He’s passionate about building products that delight customers, and also blogs on justinjackson.ca and tweets via @mijustin</i><p>Working remotely is a hot topic of debate these past years. Many companies are beginning to allow the flexibility to help …

NSA secretly taps into Google, Yahoo networks to collect information, say leaked documents

The NSA intercepts millions of pieces of Google and Yahoo user information each day by tapping into the links between servers, <i>The Washington Post</i> reports. According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the agency secretly exploits the data links in Google and Yahoo's global networks through a …

Proposed USA FREEDOM Act Would Dramatically Curtail The NSA’s Surveillance

Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner have introduced a new bill, called the Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection, and Online Monitoring Act (USA FREEDOM Act), designed to dramatically curtail the ability of the NSA …

Can the Freedom Act pacify the surveillance danger of the Patriot Act?

A new NSA reform bill dubbed The USA Freedom Act was introduced today into both the House and Senate, co-sponsored by longtime privacy advocate Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), co-author of the Patriot Act. "The government surveillance programs conducted …

France and Spain, not NSA, responsible for spying on phone calls abroad, say US officials

US officials have told <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> that the NSA wasn't responsible for intercepting phone calls in France and Spain. Over the past two weeks, documents obtained by <i>Le Monde</i> in France and <i>El Mundo</i> in Spain showed that millions of phone calls in each country had been intercepted by the NSA. …