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French hacks go after new surveillance law … with the help of the ECHR

A collection of French journos have teamed up to take a new surveillance law to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), claiming it infringes "the rights and freedoms of journalists". France’s so-called Patriot Act came into force on Saturday, but the French legal press association, APJ, said it would attempt to have the …

Vive le Act Patriotique: Liberté, égalité, fraternité, pick any two. No, not those

France’s constitutional court (Conseil Constitutionnel) has ruled that the new French version of the Patriot Act is legal. The Projet de Loi Relatif au Renseignement was passed by the upper chamber of parliament earlier this month, but has attracted outspoken criticism from civil liberties organisations, who described it as “ …
Jennifer Baker, 24 Jul 2015
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NSA continues mass slurping of Americans' phone metadata

The NSA can continue to monitor when and where millions and millions of Americans use their cellphones, and who they're calling and texting. The USA Freedom Act is supposed to slightly rein in that level of surveillance, by forcing telcos to collect the records and make the Feds apply for the information. That doesn't kick in …
Iain Thomson, 1 Jul 2015
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US Patriot Act's phone spying rules are dead – but that means very little

Analysis For the last 36 hours the NSA hasn't been able to collect the metadata on every American's mobile phone calls, and yet the Republic still stands, despite warnings of dire consequences. "A small group of senators is standing in the way. And, unfortunately, some folks are trying to use this debate to score political points," …
Iain Thomson, 2 Jun 2015

NSA dragnet domestic phone records slurp halted after key spying powers lapse

A number of key provisions in the US Patriot Act lapsed at midnight on Sunday, after the Senate failed to get its act together, much to the chagrin of the White House. It means that – for the first time in almost 14 years – g-men have temporarily lost the authority to scoop up and store phone call records of State-side …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Jun 2015

NSA bulk phone records slurp to end when law lapses next month – report

Edward Snowden supporters were claiming victory for the privacy of millions of US citizens today, after the Obama administration seemingly decided not to seek a 90-day extension to allow g-men to collect bulk phone records. That surprise move, reported by the Guardian, came following the defeat of the USA Freedom Act in the …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 May 2015

What are cellphone networks blabbing about you to the Feds? A US senator wants to know

US Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) wants America's mobile networks to reveal the types of customer information they share with Uncle Sam. The carriers publish "transparency" reports detailing how many demands for sensitive information they receive from the governments, and how many they comply with – but this is not enough for …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2015
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Rand Paul stages Senate filibuster against Patriot Act

Update Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is currently four hours into a filibuster on the Senate floor over plans to renew sections of the Patriot Act that allow mass surveillance of American citizens. Exclusive video that answers the question: why a filibuster? https://t.co/4HxwQn0IEw — Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 20, 2015 "There comes …
Iain Thomson, 21 May 2015
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Rand Paul: I'll filibuster the hell outta the Patriot Act, fellow Americans

US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has said he will filibuster to prevent any renewal of the controversial Patriot Act, several provisions of which expire on 1 June. Among the most notable is the ability to create a legal basis for surveillance activities by the NSA. "We will be filibustering [and] we will be trying to stop it," …
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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

Now that a US federal court has ruled that the NSA's mass wiretapping program exceeded its legal authority, leaders of the US Republican party are pushing to make it legal. Within hours of the ruling by the US Second Circuit Court of Appeal that the NSA's bulk domestic surveillance program under Section 215 of the Patriot Act …
Iain Thomson, 8 May 2015

NSA domestic dragnet NOT authorised by Patriot Act, rules US Appeals Court

The NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone call records may be illegal, a US federal appeals court has ruled. The US Second Circuit Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that the NSA's bulk telephone metadata1 program was not authorised by section 215 of the Patriot Act, voiding an earlier ruling by a lower court. The US …
John Leyden, 7 May 2015

French MPs say Oui to Le Charteur des Snoopeurs

Yesterday French Parliamentarians voted overwhelmingly in favour of creating their very own version of the US Patriot Act. The fast-tracked law will give French intelligence services lots of new snooping superpowers with little or no judicial oversight. The controversial Projet de Loi Relatif au Renseignement was presented to …
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Republicans in sneaky bid to reauthorize Patriot Act spying until 2020

The US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has introduced a bill to reauthorize Section 215 of the Patriot Act to allow mass surveillance of innocent American citizens until December 31, 2020. Section 215 is due to expire on June 1, and there are going to be various attempts to either reform or abandon the provision …
Iain Thomson, 22 Apr 2015

France accused of tabling 'Patriot Act' style surveillance law

Privacy advocates have criticised French plans to expand digital surveillance as badly thought out and rushed. A bill (“Projet de Loi Relatif au Renseignement”) – which was drawn up before the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Casher supermarket attacks – is due to go before the National Assembly next week under an accelerated …
John Leyden, 7 Apr 2015

Don't be stiffed by spies, stand up to Uncle Sam with your proud d**k pics – says Snowden

Vid One of the more unusual interviews with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden left the fugitive reduced to describing freedom-chilling, globe-spanning spy programs in terms of sexy selfies. Youtube video The face-to-face chat was filmed in Moscow with British comedian John Oliver, host of Last Week Tonight, and focused on the …
Iain Thomson, 6 Apr 2015
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PATRIOT Act axed, NSA spying halted ... wake up, Neo, it's just a dream in the US House of Reps

A law bill introduced in the US House of Representatives on Tuesday seeks to abolish the Patriot Act, ban Uncle Sam from forcing backdoors into technology, and safeguard whistleblowers like Edward Snowden. Ever since Snowden leaked top-secret files detailing the NSA and GCHQ's global surveillance of innocent people, there have …
Iain Thomson, 25 Mar 2015
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After USA FREEDOM Act's failure, what's next for mass surveillance?

Analysis This week the US Senate failed to get the required 60 votes to beat a Republican filibuster on the USA FREEDOM Act, which would have instituted mild controls on the bulk collection of communications data on American citizens. The vote was largely along party lines, although Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) voted with the Democrats to …
Iain Thomson, 20 Nov 2014

Apple's warrant canary riddle: Cock-up, conspiracy, or anti-Google point-scoring

Analysis The internet was in a tizzy this week following the disappearance of what's assumed to be a warrant canary in Apple's latest report on governments demanding users' private data. The mere presence of the canary paragraph is supposed to signal that no information has been extracted. Thus, if it vanishes, it's assumed records …
Iain Thomson, 20 Sep 2014

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