Tag: "NSA"

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No privacy law in India – So, they follow NSA example with CMS (Centralized Monitoring System)

No privacy law in India – So, they follow NSA example with CMS (Centralized Monitoring System)

India’s new surveillance network will make the NSA green with envy India doesn’t seem to worry that the surveillance scandal recently rocking the US might perturb its own citizens. The country is going ahead with an ambitious program that will let it monitor any one of its 900 million telecom subscribers and 120 million internet […]

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The 4th Amendment is about Controlling Authority

The 4th Amendment is about Controlling Authority

The primary NSA issue isn’t privacy, it’s authority I celebrate Judge Richard J Leon’s opinion that the government’s mass collection of communications metadata is “almost Orwellian”, and I decry Judge William H Pauley III’s decision that the NSA’s collection is both effective and legally perfectly peachy. But I worry that the judges, as well as […]

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What is Algorithmic Regulation?

What is Algorithmic Regulation?

The Real Privacy Problem As Web companies and government agencies analyze ever more information about our lives, it’s tempting to respond by passing new privacy laws or creating mechanisms that pay us for our data. Instead, we need a civic solution, because democracy is at risk. In 1967, The Public Interest, then a leading venue […]

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NSA leak – Newspaper editors opinions from around the globe

NSA leak – Newspaper editors opinions from around the globe

Editors on the NSA files: ‘What the Guardian is doing is important for democracy’ In a democracy, the press plays a vital role in informing the public and holding those in power accountable. The NSA has vast intelligence-gathering powers and capabilities and its role in society is an important subject for responsible newsgathering organisations such […]

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USA Freedom Act – broken oversight; reforms needed

USA Freedom Act – broken oversight; reforms needed

Patriot Act author: ‘There has been a failure of oversight.’ Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) authored the original Patriot Act after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and previously served as chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Recently, he has become a vocal critic of how that legislation has been used to justify broad National Security […]

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Marcy Wheeler - Emptywheel blogger - Looks for Clues - How Do businesses use language?

Marcy Wheeler – Emptywheel blogger – Looks for Clues – How Do businesses use language?

The Woman Who Knows The NSA’s Secrets Long before Edward Snowden leaked documents showing that the government was collecting every American’s phone records, Marcy Wheeler knew something fishy was going on. She was one of just a handful of people who in 2009 suspected that the government was using the USA Patriot Act to collect […]

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Time Magazine – The Informers – hacktivists’ profiles

Time Magazine – The Informers – hacktivists’ profiles

The Geeks Who Leak The President calls them a threat to national security. The Internet calls them heroes. A new wave of hacktivists is changing the way we handle secrets The 21st century mole demands no payments for his secrets. He sees himself instead as an idealist, a believer in individual sovereignty and freedom from […]

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History of the NSA

History of the NSA

How America’s Top Tech Companies Created the Surveillance State They’ve been helping the government spy on people for a very long time. The cozy relationships go back decades. `With Edward Snowden on the run in Russia and reportedly threatening to unveil the entire “blueprint” for National Security Agency surveillance, there’s probably as much terror in […]

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More details on Govt Spying Lawsuits

More details on Govt Spying Lawsuits

Obama administration drowning in lawsuits filed over NSA surveillance Attorneys for the Electronic Frontier Foundation have sued the Obama administration and are demanding the White House stop the dragnet surveillance programs operated by the National Security Agency. Both the White House and Congress have weighed in on the case of Edward Snowden and the revelations […]

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Slew of Govt Spying Lawsuits

Slew of Govt Spying Lawsuits

Left and Right Come Together to Sue NSA for Phone Dragnet Groups across the political spectrum sued the National Security Agency in Federal Court Tuesday for its dragnet collection of telephone records; plaintiffs include Unitarian churches, gun groups and the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles and 18 co-plaintiffs sued […]

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Big Government, Big Data and what that means to your privacy

Big Government, Big Data And What That Means To Your Privacy

Government phone data collection criticized The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency’s need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge […]