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Landmark bill to limit NSA surveillance dies in Senate

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It’s done. The USA Freedom Act has died in the 113th Congress. I’ve just filed a broader piece on this, but I thought I might offer some thoughts — questions, really — on what happens next. Does the Obama administration

US threatened Yahoo with $250,000 daily fine over NSA data refusal

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The US government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it refused to hand over user data to the National Security Agency, according to court documents unsealed Thursday. In a blogpost, the company said the 1,500 pages of once-secret

This is why you can’t trust the NSA. Ever

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The notion that the National Security Agency could police its own internet dragnet program with minimal oversight from a secret court has long drawn scoffs from observers. Now it appears that skepticism was completely justified, following the release of a

NSA Internet Metadata Program Collected More Than Was Allowed, Shared Data Too Broadly

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A now-defunct National Security Agency (NSA) bulk collection program that collected information about online communications exceeded its authority, collected too much, and shared that information too freely, recently declassified court documents show. The program collected, according to the official IC

Microsoft Calls On US Gov. To End Bulk NSA Data Collection

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Marking the one year anniversary of the NSA leaks saga, Microsoft today called for broad change in how the United States Government and its intelligence agencies operate, and what they collect. Microsoft is not alone among technology companies in calling

A Deep Dive into the House’s Version of Narrow NSA Reform: The New USA Freedom Act

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NSA reform is finally moving in Congress. Last year, Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner introduced the USA Freedom Act, one of the first comprehensive bills to address multiple aspects of the NSA’s spying. The Senate version has languished

Obama formally proposes end to NSA’s bulk collection of telephone data

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The Obama administration on Thursday formally proposed ending the National Security Agency's bulk collection of all US phone data. Nearly 10 months after the Guardian exposed the controversial program, based on leaks from Edward Snowden, President Obama announced that he

Why Snowden Won’t (and Shouldn’t) Get Clemency

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I regard Daniel Ellsberg as an American patriot. I was one of the first columnists to write that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be fired for lying to Congress. On June 7, two days after the first news

Hayden Sees No End In Sight for the NSA

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When will the NSA’s powers be restrained? According to the agency’s former director Michael Hayden, not any time in the near future. Hayden, who spoke on Thursday at a cybersecurity forum hosted by the National Military Family Association, is famously

The NSA overreach poses a serious threat to our economy

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Technology companies revolutionized the global economy by creating an interconnected, high-speed international marketplace. Internet and telecommunication companies empower businesses to conduct complex transactions and connect with customers, clients and governments across the globe, placing a premium on privacy, accountability and

NSA Spying in Congress: Stop the Intelligence Committee and What to Watch For in Upcoming Bills

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The Senate is moving quickly on bills to reform many aspects of the NSA spying. Currently, the Judiciary Committee, which has favored privacy in the past, and the chairs of the Intelligence Committees, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Mike Rogers,

Phone companies remain silent over legality of NSA data collection

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America's top telecommunications companies are refusing to say whether they accept that the bulk collection of their customers' phone records by the National Security Agency is lawful. The phone companies are continuing to guard their silence over the controversial gathering

Declassified court documents highlight NSA violations in data collection for surveillance

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The National Security Agency for almost three years searched a massive database of Americans’ phone call records attempting to identify potential terrorists in violation of court-approved privacy rules, and the problem went unfixed because no one at the agency had

US government declassifies court order on NSA surveillance as pressure builds

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Document suggests bulk collection of Americans' phone records is 'relevant' for terrorism investigations – but critics disagree A surveillance document declassified on Wednesday details the ability of National Security Agency algorithms and "technical personnel" to search through the NSA's vast