The report has done little to clear the controversy surrounding the NSA, and may have made the issue more opaque.
The House cut funding to two core NSA spying programs including one that gives the agency back door access to hardware and software tools.
According to its latest transparency report, LinkedIn received 75 requests associated with 110 accounts from July 2013 to December 2013.
February 11 was the day chosen by a large group of activists to be “the day we fight back” against the NSA and government surveillance. But as with most protest movements, one day rarely results in sweeping change.
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Now the debate has reached the highest office in the land and President Obama delivered a speech about the current role of the government security apparatus and how widespread Internet surveillance programs should work in the future.
The National Security Agency (NSA) vacuumed up nearly 200 million text messages around the world, according to a new report in the Guardian. The program, Dishfire, used the text messages to dig further into personal details, such as travel plans, location, credit card information and the individual’s contact list.
The most damning bits of the report, though, say the government collected “pretty much everything it can,” including phone metadata from the “untargeted and unwarranted.” In other words, from an average person who isn’t suspected of doing anything wrong. Read more
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Watch out NSA spies, here comes the Blackphone. As the scope of data collection by American intelligence agencies seems to swell daily, so too do the options on the marketplace for thwarting government snoops. The yet-to-launch Blackphone is the latest entrant to the category.
This Android-based smartphone aims to prioritize privacy above everything else, according to its early release notes:
Blackphone is the world’s first smartphone which prioritizes the user’s privacy and control, without any hooks to carriers or vendors. It comes preinstalled with all the tools you need to move throughout the world, conduct business, and stay in touch while shielding you from prying eyes. Read more
Tung Yin is a law professor at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.