Tag: Patriot Act

US unveils 6-year-old report on NSA surveillance

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WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Patriot Act surveillance law about to expire, the Obama administration is unveiling a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret program to collect information on Americans‘ calls and emails. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence

NSA surveillance needed to prevent Isis attack, claims former intelligence chair

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Mass surveillance should be retained because of the prospect of Islamic State attacks within the United States, a key Republican ally of the National Security Agency has claimed. Mike Rogers, the former chairman of the House intelligence committee, said the

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

A third of U.S. shield data from gov’t in wake of Snowden

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WASHINGTON — Nearly a third of Americans have taken action to shield their personal data from government surveillance programs that monitor phone and electronic communications, says a Pew Research Center poll released Monday. Those actions include strengthening privacy settings on

With clock ticking, lawmakers have no plan for reforming NSA

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Lawmakers are nowhere close to a deal to renew provisions of the Patriot Act, with a deadline little more than two months away. They must now race to get legislation passed before the spying powers run out on June 1,

N.S.A. Phone Data Collection Could Go On, Even if a Law Expires

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WASHINGTON — A little-known provision of the Patriot Act, overlooked by lawmakers and administration officials alike, appears to give President Obama a possible way to keep the National Security Agency’s bulk phone records program going indefinitely — even if Congress

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

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.

Light Version of Oversight

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The USA Freedom Act passed by the House – advertised as ending bulk collection of Americans’ phone records under the Patriot Act – barely scratches the surface. Its main achievement: requiring the foreign intelligence court to vet N.S.A. selection terms

The NSA Wins Again. You Lose

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After nearly a year of revelations about the shocking extent of the National Security Agency’s surveillance efforts, lawmakers have finally passed legislation limiting the agency’s ability to collect information on American citizens. But if you were hoping for the kind

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.

NSA reform legislation ‘watered down’?

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Privacy advocates that have pushed for legislation to reform U.S. government surveillance are backing away from a House bill that they say has been “watered-down” as it heads to the floor. Though the original bill intended to end sweeping surveillance

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

Watchdog Report Says N.S.A. Program Is Illegal and Should End

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WASHINGTON — An independent federal privacy watchdog has concluded that the National Security Agency’s program to collect bulk phone call records has provided only “minimal” benefits in counterterrorism efforts, is illegal and should be shut down. The findings are laid

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,

Senators Announce Bill That Ends NSA Phone Records Collection

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Four senators at the vanguard of bipartisan efforts to rein in US government spying programs announced the most comprehensive package of surveillance reforms so far presented on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. The draft bill represented the first sign that key

Obama announces proposals to reform NSA surveillance

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President Obama said Friday he would pursue reforms to open the legal proceedings surrounding government surveillance programs to greater scrutiny, the administration’s most concerted response yet to a series of disclosures about secret monitoring efforts. At his first full news

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