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Congress calls for change to NSA spying law

The legal justification for the NSA to tap the internet's backbone was put on the table Tuesday in a hearing of the Senate's Judiciary Committee, with some senators vowing to add privacy protections to the law as expert witnesses noted the FBI was likely reading the love letters of US citizens rather than tracking down …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 May 2016
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Amazon turns up spectacularly late to 'transparency' party, pours a large one

Amazon has finally released details of the info snooping governments from around the world demand of the retail and cloudy biz. The company said in a subdued blog post that it would publish a bi-annual information request report. It comes after Amazon – unlike its tech rivals – spent years resisting going public with the data …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jun 2015
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Snowden leaks lack context says security studies professor

With the wash-up from December's Snowden leaks still sloshing around the 'net, The Register decided to discuss how to interpret the leaked documents with Thomas Rid of King's College London. In November, Rid (Professor of Security Studies) and colleague Robert Lee (currently undertaking his PhD at King's) published a piece …
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'GCHQ's surveillance data gulp is BULKY and WARRANTLESS', human rights groups moan

Britain's spooks routinely rummage through reams of intelligence data from the NSA and other foreign spy agencies without first having to request a warrant, it has been claimed. According to the human rights groups that brought the UK's snooping agency GCHQ to court in July this year, secret internal policies unveiled during a …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Oct 2014

US! govt! ordered! Yahoo! to! hand! over! user! data! or! pay! $250k! fine! PER! DAY!

Yahoo! has tried to explain why it buckled under pressure from Uncle Sam to hand over its users' data to the US government - by promising to publish the court documents which ordered the snooping. Said filings will, we're told, show Uncle Sam threatened to make Yahoo! pay a $250,000 fine for every day it refused to hand over …
Iain Thomson, 12 Sep 2014
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NSA dragnet mostly slurped innocents' traffic

NSA babbler Edward Snowden's latest drop alleges something that's been suspected ever since he went public during 2013: that spy agencies reach far beyond “persons-of-interest”, with data on ordinary internet users far outstripping that held over formal “targets”. According to The Washington Post, the latest set of documents …
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NSA, GCHQ spies have hurt us more than they know – cloud group

The PRISM revelations – that governments monitor their own citizens as well as those in other countries – have undermined business confidence in moving to the cloud. This is according to the UK-based Cloud Industry Forum, which conducted an annual survey of 250 private and public sector organisations and noted a reverse in …
Paul Kunert, 2 Jul 2014
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Irish court peels off gloves, hands Facebook PROBE request to ECJ

The High Court in Ireland has referred a review of a complaint against Facebook to Europe's top court. The complaint alleges the social network shared EU users' data with the US National Security Agency. The European Court of Justice is to assess whether EU law needs to be updated in light of the PRISM revelations, which could …

Tech giants KNEW about PRISM, web snooping, claims top NSA lawyer

Analysis The NSA's general counsel Rajesh De says technology firms were fully aware of both America's web surveillance program PRISM and the mass monitoring of upstream internet traffic. On Wednesday, De told a meeting in Washington, organized by the US government's Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), that data …
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2014

IBM: We gave NOTHING to the NSA, stateside or elsewhere

IBM has become the latest of the tech giants to deny handing over customer data to the NSA's PRISM program. In this open letter, Big Blue's general counsel Robert Weber (also senior veep for legal and regulatory affairs) gives the “no way” message to the world at large. Specifically, Weber writes that IBM did not provide “ …
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Japanese space boffins set to map the world in 3D

Japan is set to take a major lead in the development of global 3D mapping by stitching together three million satellite images to compile a digital map of the planet. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said it will use images acquired from the Daichi Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS). The satellite was …

Microsoft to Australian government: our kit has no back doors

Microsoft has told an Australian Parliamentary Committee its cloud services and software contain no back doors. The issue arose last year in a committee of Australia's Senate, which like the US body of the same name is a house of review for legislation initiated in the House of Representatives. During a November 2013 meeting …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2014
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Oi, Obama. Rein your spooks in, demands web giants' alliance

Eight web heavyweights have banded together to call on the US and other governments to rein in indiscriminate surveillance by state security agencies. AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo are asking for a general reform of government surveillance laws and practices because the "balance in many …
John Leyden, 9 Dec 2013
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Big Brother's software firm Palantir valued at $9 BEEELION

How much does it cost to buy out one of big brother's favored toolmakers? Around $9bn, according to a recent valuation of Silicon Valley darling Palantir. The "Big Data" analysis company made a Form D filing with the SEC on Thursday disclosing a $58m cash infusion, and other reports by The Wall Street Journal, The New York …
Jack Clark, 6 Dec 2013

Microsoft: C'mon, you can trust us... look at our gov spook-busting plans

Microsoft has detailed a three-pronged plan to encrypt customer data, improve transparency and fight harder in the courts not to have to hand over your data. The new plan is designed to restore customer trust after revelations of government snooping. Microsoft has been stung into action by in the wake of documents leaked by …
John Leyden, 5 Dec 2013
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The only way is Office: UK Parliament to migrate to Microsoft cloud

Update The UK Parliament is migrating to Office 365, which will become the default option for email, file-sharing, hosted apps and storage services for MPs and parliamentary staff from May 2015. Like many organisations, Parliament has decided that moving to the cloud offers the potential for financial savings. A January meeting of …
John Leyden, 3 Dec 2013
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NSA spied on 'radicalisers' porn surfing so as to discredit them, reveals Snowden

The NSA spied on the porn-surfing habits of firebrand Muslims as part of a plan to discredit "radicalisers", it has emerged. A top-secret NSA document, leaked by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden, identifies six Muslim targets as examples of how personal proclivities determined through electronic surveillance can be used …
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2013

Verizon, BT, Vodafone, Level 3 'let NSA jack into Google, Yahoo! fiber'

In October, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden claimed Uncle Sam's spies tapped into the optic-fiber cables linking the data centers of Google and Yahoo! By intercepting this flow of information, agents were able to spy on folks' online activities on a massive scale. Google and Yahoo! insisted they did not hand over the keys to …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Nov 2013

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