Tag: United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

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

Court Considers Suit Against NSA Phone Surveillance

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WASHINGTON—Can a government computer program violate a person’s constitutional rights? A federal appeals court weighing the legality of a controversial National Security Agency phone surveillance program wrestled with that question Tuesday as it discussed whether someone’s rights could be violated

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 lawyer says future is ‘bleak’ because of NSA surveillance

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Microsoft’s top lawyer doesn’t see much reason to be optimistic going forward if the National Security Agency doesn’t stop its bulk collection of private data, pointing to a “bleak future” and a lack of justice and accountability. Speaking at the

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

The Shaky Legal Foundation of NSA Surveillance on Americans

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A secret opinion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court recently released to the public is a reminder that the NSA is still conducting mass surveillance on millions of Americans, even if that fact has faded from the headlines. This would

U.S. to allow companies to disclose more details on government requests for data

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The Justice Department has agreed to relax its long-standing gag order on certain types of data requests made to companies, allowing them for the first time to publicize — in broad terms — how much customer information they must turn

5 questions about the NSA court ruling

NSA 'incidentally collected' British citizens’ mobile phone and fax numbers, emails and IP addresses

Washington (CNN) — A federal judge ruled the National Security Agency's bulk collection of data on nearly every call made by U.S. phone subscribers is likely unconstitutional, providing ammunition to efforts to rein in surveillance programs that have expanded since

To reform the NSA, fire officials who lie

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The NSA has lied to the Congress, the courts, and perhaps even to the president himself, but no one seems to care. The Director of National Intelligence James R Clapper admitted he lied to Congress about the NSA metadata collection

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

NSA admits wrongly adding 16,000 phone numbers to ‘alert list’

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WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency admitted in documents released Tuesday that it had wrongly put 16,000 phone numbers on an "alert list" so their incoming calls could be monitored, a mistake that a judge on the secret surveillance court

NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies

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The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism surveillance program after a court ruled that some of the agency's activities were unconstitutional, according to top-secret material passed to

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

Privacy Group Petitions Supreme Court to Stop NSA Phone Surveillance

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When Edward Snowden recently revealed the National Security Agency’s phone surveillance programs, he set in motion a trans-Atlantic legal backlash. On Monday, privacy groups in the United Kingdom and the United States launched lawsuits aimed at halting sweeping spy initiatives