Tag: Internet privacy

Privacy advocates seek more openness on NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress considers whether to extend the life of a program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates and civil liberties groups say too much about government surveillance remains secret for the public to fully evaluate

How Big Business Is Helping Expand NSA Surveillance, Snowden Be Damned

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Since November 11, 2011, with the introduction of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, American spy agencies have been pushing laws to encourage corporations to share more customer information. They repeatedly failed, thanks in part to NSA contractor Edward

You can now find out if GCHQ spied on you

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People from around the world can join a campaign to find out if British intelligence agency GCHQ illegally spied on them — and force it to delete the data. The move follows a ruling by the UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) that

Experts call for ‘return to human intelligence’ after Snowden

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The UK’s national security boss, Robert Hannigan, should come clean on surveillance and stop attacking technology companies, privacy experts have said. Intelligence agencies must use the debate sparked by Edward Snowden’s surveillance revelations to overhaul their attitude to privacy and

Is the NSA actually making us worse at fighting terrorism?

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The head of the British electronic spy agency GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, created a minor flap last week in an article he wrote for the Financial Times. In effect, Hannigan argued that more robust encryption procedures by private

Futurology: Internet of Things and the NSA

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The Internet was clearly expanding beyond the computer in 2004, even three years before the launch of the Apple iPhone in 2007, so many technologists saw the possibility for every day devices to become surveillance tools for businesses and governments.

Google claims it installed unbreakable encryption after NSA spying

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The executive chairman of Google says the internet giant updated its encryption standards to make them unbreakable after learning the National Security Agency could spy on users. Eric Schmidt rejected allegations made by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that the search giant and

Where’s the NSA reform?

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After leaks last year revealed a vast web of government surveillance of innocent Americans, the outrage in Washington could hardly be contained. Privacy advocates and lawmakers from both parties wanted the most intrusive program shut down. A federal judge called

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The recent disclosure by Edward Snowden of the US government’s wide net of surveillance has stimulated an emotional debate about security, privacy, and secrecy. We have learned from Snowden that the National Security Agency engages in virtually unchecked monitoring of

NSA and GCHQ agents ‘leak Tor bugs’ alleges developer

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The Tor Project’s executive director has alleged members of the NSA and GCHQ regularly leak it details of flaws the agencies have discovered in its code. By fixing these flaws, the project can protect users’ anonymity, he explained. The agencies

Scientists, Not Politicians, Should Regulate NSA Surveillance

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The raging public debate over the surveillance state could actually benefit from the expertise of an unsuspecting source, a recent academic article suggests. Instead of relying on the myriad privacy and legal experts, congressmen, or former NSA directors chiming in on the NSA

New Report on the Costs of NSA Surveillance

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It has been over a year since The Guardian reported the first story on the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs based on the leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, yet the national conversation remains largely mired in a simplistic

Spying revelations lead to German encryption boom

German Chancellor Merkel holds a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone featuring high security Secusite software at the booth of Secusmart during her opening tour at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Revelations about the National Security Agency’s electronic eavesdropping capabilities have sparked anger in Germany and a boom in encryption services that make it hard for the most sophisticated spies to read emails, listen to calls

Irked by N.S.A., Germany Cancels Deal With Verizon

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LONDON — Germany said on Thursday that it would cancel a contract with Verizon Communications, part of the fallout from continuing revelations by Edward J. Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, who says that American intelligence agencies had routine

Hillary Clinton backs overhaul of surveillance powers in NSA criticism

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Hillary Clinton has thrown her weight behind political efforts to rein in US surveillance powers in her most forthright criticism yet of the National Security Agency (NSA). The former secretary of state, who has hitherto largely stayed out of the

Intelligence agencies have direct access to telcoms’ infrastructure, Vodafone reveals

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Government intelligence agencies have direct access to telecommunication companies’ infrastructure which allows them to spy and record phone calls leaving no paper trail, the UK’s largest mobile phone company Vodafone has revealed. The British operator said wires have been attached

NSA reform bill finds few allies before Senate intelligence committee

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Senators on the intelligence committee expressed deep doubts about curbing the National Security Agency’s broad data collection powers as the upper legislative chamber begins to consider a landmark surveillance bill that passed the House last month. Lawmakers attacked the USA

Four ways Edward Snowden changed the world – and why the fight’s not over

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Thursday marks one year since the Guardian published the first in a series of eye-opening stories about surveillance based on documents provided by Edward Snowden. The events in the 52 weeks since have proven him to be the most significant

Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy

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In the third chapter of his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon gave two reasons why the slavery into which the Romans had tumbled under Augustus and his successors left them more wretched than

Tech giants oppose NSA reform bill for timid safeguards against spying

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Ahead of Thursday’s US House vote on a bill sold as reform of a major US government spying program, top technology firms like Google have joined civil liberties and privacy groups in calling the legislation inadequate in fighting mass surveillance.