Snowden criticises Amazon for hiring former NSA boss

Snowden criticises Amazon for hiring former NSA boss

image captionEdward Snowden (l) and General Keith Alexander (r)A former National Security Agency (NSA) chief who was in the post when the Edward Snowden scandal broke has joined Amazon's board as a director.Edin Omanovic, advocacy director at Privacy International, said Amazon's decision to hire Gen Alexander was deeply concerning.

Former NSA chief Keith Alexander has joined Amazon’s board of directors

Former NSA chief Keith Alexander has joined Amazon’s board of directors

A former director of the National Security Agency and the first commander of the US Cyber Command, Alexander served as the public face of US data collection during the Edward Snowden leaks, but he retired from public service in 2013.

NSA mass surveillance program was illegal – 2nd court ruling

NSA mass surveillance program was illegal – 2nd court ruling

A federal appeals court in New York ruled on Thursday that the once-secret National Security Agency program that is systematically collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk is illegal […] The court, in a unanimous ruling written by Judge Gerard E.

U.S. court: Mass surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal

U.S. court: Mass surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal

(Reuters) - Seven years after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the mass surveillance of Americans’ telephone records, an appeals court has found the program was unlawful - and that the U.S. intelligence leaders who publicly defended it were not telling the truth.

Trump says he is considering pardon for leaker Edward Snowden

Trump says he is considering pardon for leaker Edward Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Saturday he is considering a pardon for Edward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor - now living in Russia - whose spectacular leaks shook the U.S. intelligence community in 2013.

It's time for Congress to sunset NSA's call data program

It's time for Congress to sunset NSA's call data program

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, of which I am a member, recently issued a comprehensive public report on the government's use of the now-defunct call detail records (CDR) program under the USA FREEDOM Act. The report includes never before released facts about the program and its compliance and data integrity challenges that ultimately led the National Security Agency (NSA), wisely, to suspend the program in early 2019.

N.S.A. Phone Program Cost $100 Million, but Produced Only Two Unique Leads

N.S.A. Phone Program Cost $100 Million, but Produced Only Two Unique Leads

It also disclosed that in the four years the Freedom Act system was operational, the National Security Agency produced 15 intelligence reports derived from it.

Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

A bipartisan group in Congress is attempting (again) to pass legislation that would restrict the National Security Agency from abusing the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendment (FISA) Court in order to collect and access private records of Americans.

The Open Letter from the Governments of US, UK, and Australia to Facebook is An All-Out Attack on Encryption

The Open Letter from the Governments of US, UK, and Australia to Facebook is An All-Out Attack on Encryption

But the letter to Facebook goes much further: law enforcement and national security agencies in these three countries are asking for nothing less than access to every conversation that crosses every digital device.

United States Files Civil Lawsuit Against Edward Snowden

United States Files Civil Lawsuit Against Edward Snowden

– The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book entitled Permanent Record in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he signed with both CIA and NSA.

NSA: Fear The Future  -  Nefarious Laboratories

NSA: Fear The Future - Nefarious Laboratories

Mr. Gerstell peppers his letter with references to privacy, "wrestling with the challenges of the Fourth Amendment" in "this area of data privacy between the government and the private sector", tiptoeing around the truth: the mission of the National Security Agency is not, and will never be, to preserve citizen privacy.

NSA vs. civil liberties groups on phone surveillance

NSA vs. civil liberties groups on phone surveillance

U.S. intelligence officials have asked Congress to permanently extend a controversial program that has allowed the National Security Agency to collect millions of telephone records.Since the call records program was voluntarily suspended, there’s no legal impediment to the NSA resuming collection before Section 215 of the Patriot Act expires in December.

Trump administration reportedly wants to extend NSA phone surveillance program

Trump administration reportedly wants to extend NSA phone surveillance program

Getty Images The Trump administration has reportedly asked Congress to permanently reauthorize all provisions of the USA Freedom Act, including a controversial National Security Agency program that collects and analyzes records on millions of Americans' calls and texts in an attempt to thwart terrorists.

More N.S.A. Call Data Problems Surface as Law’s Expiration Approaches

More N.S.A. Call Data Problems Surface as Law’s Expiration Approaches

Another newly disclosed inspector general report, written in 2016 and also obtained by the A.C.L.U., showed that even though intelligence officials frequently asserted during the post-Snowden debate that the program was vital, the National Security Agency never developed metrics to measure the value of the information it had gathered under the Section 215-era program.

NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show

NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show

The National Security Agency (NSA) improperly collected records on American phone calls and texts last year, according to new documents obtained and released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).The error occurred between Oct. 3 and Oct. 12, the documents show, and had not been previously disclosed.

UK “Ghost Proposal” would allow secret government participation in private calls and chats

UK “Ghost Proposal” would allow secret government participation in private calls and chats

GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) is a UK government intelligence organization similar to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).The Letter, spearheaded by Sharon Bradford Franklin and Andi Wilson Thompson of New America’s Open Technology Institute, provides insight into how the Ghost Proposal would allow government agents to slip unseen into private encrypted communications:The “ghost key” proposal put forward by GCHQ would enable a third party to see the plain text of an encrypted conversation without notifying the participants.

Federal Judge Hears Challenge to NSA ‘Upstream’ Spying

Federal Judge Hears Challenge to NSA ‘Upstream’ Spying

(CN) – On remand from the Fourth Circuit, a federal judge heard arguments Thursday in a challenge to the National Security Agency’s “upstream” surveillance of international and domestic text-based communications.

Judge Kills Lawsuit Over Mass Surveillance Programs

Judge Kills Lawsuit Over Mass Surveillance Programs

In his public ruling, White deemed inadequate the evidence plaintiffs submitted to support claims that the National Security Agency violated the Wiretap Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The public evidence included a 2003 document from a former AT&T technician detailing how the telecom giant routed internet traffic to a secret room at an AT&T facility in San Francisco controlled by the NSA.

NSA recommends dropping controversial mass surveillance program

NSA recommends dropping controversial mass surveillance program

closeVideoThe National Security Agency has recommended that the White House abandon a controversial surveillance program that collects vast amounts of information about Americans' phone calls and text messages, claiming the legal and logistical burdens of maintaining it outweigh its benefits to the intelligence community.

D.E.A. Secretly Collected Bulk Records of Money-Counter Purchases

D.E.A. Secretly Collected Bulk Records of Money-Counter Purchases

WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration secretly collected data in bulk about Americans’ purchases of money-counting machines — and took steps to hide the effort from defendants and courts — before quietly shuttering the program in 2013 amid the uproar over the disclosures by the National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, an inspector general report found.

NSA contractor pleads guilty to data theft

NSA contractor pleads guilty to data theft

This, said the Justice Department at the time of his arrest, meant that their "unauthorised disclosure could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security of the US".The vast pile of information was built up over the 20-year period that Mr Martin worked at the NSA and other US federal agencies.

Shuttering of NSA surveillance program emboldens privacy groups

Shuttering of NSA surveillance program emboldens privacy groups

A top national security aide to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Kevin Owen McCarthyShuttering of NSA surveillance program emboldens privacy groups The Hill's 12:30 Report: House Dems pass electoral reform bill after difficult week House passes sweeping electoral reform bill MORE (R-Calif.) recently revealed on a podcast that, for the past six months, the spy agency hasn't used a program that gathers metadata on domestic text messages and phone calls.

Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says

Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says

Mr. Augustine also said that the National Security Agency expected to “provide input” about whether to push for renewed authority to pursue the bulk data collection, but he made clear that the White House would make the final call about whether to ask Congress to extend the Freedom Act.

Spy Phone: Hands On With The Punkt MP-02

Spy Phone: Hands On With The Punkt MP-02

It appears that BlackBerry maintains a "no-trust" posture for its Enterprise clients, but will assist law enforcement in gaining access to consumer devices, including when served a National Security Letter (NSL) from US government agencies.

The National Security Agency Is A Criminal Organization

The National Security Agency Is A Criminal Organization

They just aren’t getting violent yet that we know of — internally in the US, outside is another story.” “Everybody’s afraid because all this data that’s about them, the central agencies — the intelligence agencies — they have it.” As Binney had no documents to give to the media, blowing the whistle had no consequence for NSA.

Sen. Leahy asks for surveillance information

Sen. Leahy asks for surveillance information

In their letter, Leahy and Lee ask the government to explain how recent changes in Supreme Court caselaw, and the National Security Agency’s (NSA) report of a massive compliance problem earlier this year, have affected implementation of these powerful surveillance authorities.

The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?

The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?

In the five years since documents provided by Edward Snowden became the basis for a series of revelations that tore away a veil of secrecy around broad surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency, there have been shifts in both technology and policy that have changed the center of gravity for personal electronic privacy in the United States and around the world.

Trump signs bill that creates the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Trump signs bill that creates the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

The bill, known as the CISA Act, reorganizes and rebrands the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), a program inside the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as CISA, a standalone federal agency in charge of overseeing civilian and federal cybersecurity programs.

Edward Snowden after first 'Presidential Alert' test: 'All our lives dangle at the end of a wire'

Edward Snowden after first 'Presidential Alert' test: 'All our lives dangle at the end of a wire'

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden sent an ominous warning Wednesday after hundreds of millions of electronic devices all across the U.S. received a test of a “presidential alert."

Reflections on America’s post-9/11 domestic spying program

Reflections on America’s post-9/11 domestic spying program

Foremost among these generals were Keith Alexander, who became National Security Agency (NSA) chief and James Clapper, who had climbed the ranks of the secret military spying community to become director of national intelligence.

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