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NSA: Investigating whose privacy we're violating would violate their privacy

Facebook, Microsoft reveal surveillance request figures

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Facebook says it received almost 10,000 US government requests for user data in the second half of 2012Facebook and Microsoft have struck agreements with the US government to release limited information about the number of surveillance requests they receive, a modest victory for the companies as they struggle with the...
Facebook, Microsoft reveal surveillance request figures
Google and other tech companies deny PRISM surveillance claims, NSA says claims 'inaccurate' and not used domestically

Wyden & Udall Block FISA Amendments Act Until US Admits How Many Americans Are Being Spied On

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We've been covering the fight that Senators Ron Wyden and Marc Udall have been in with the administration (and other members of Congress) concerning the FISA Amendments Act, in which the two Senators seem to be suggesting that a loophole in the law has allowed the feds to collect massive...
Wyden & Udall Block FISA Amendments Act Until US Admits How Many Americans Are Being Spied On

Cowards

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Will not one tech CEO stand up and tell the truth? The NSA story of the secret assassination of the Fourth Amendment continues to unfold. Today we heard from Google CEO Larry Page and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Page was confused (the title of his post is “What the…?). Zuckerberg...
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Demand That Congress Actually Debate FISA Amendments Act

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We've pointed out that the unconstitutional FISA Amendments Act (along with its secret interpretation), look likely to get renewed before the end of the year. Senator Wyden is willing to drop his hold, but if he doesn't get certain amendments in, he wants to limit the length of the extension...
Demand That Congress Actually Debate FISA Amendments Act

Supreme Court Won't Hear Case On Legality Of Retroactive Immunity For Telcos

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Well, this is unfortunate. Late last year, the 9th Circuit appeals court -- as part of a series of cases concerning warrantless spying on Americans -- decided that the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) passed by Congress in 2008 was not unconstitutional in granting telcos retroactive immunity for carrying out government...
Supreme Court Won't Hear Case On Legality Of Retroactive Immunity For Telcos

WaPost and Guardian PRISM reports contain 'numerous inaccuracies': Intelligence Director

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James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, has responded to reports from the Washington Post and the Guardian which broke news that authorities were monitoring data from US citizens via a number of major tech firms. A statement from Clapper claims that the reports on the PRISM program — Section 702...
WaPost and Guardian PRISM reports contain 'numerous inaccuracies': Intelligence Director

New privacy bill aimed at reforming FISA and the Patriot Act introduced in the Senate

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New legislation aims to reform the Patriot and FISA Amendments Acts to apply greater oversight and control to the government's surveillance programs.The bill, the FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act of 2013, comes following dramatic revelations about how the National Security Agency collects certain types of data about U.S....
New privacy bill aimed at reforming FISA and the Patriot Act introduced in the Senate

It Takes Jon Stewart To Finally Ask Obama About Civil Liberties... But Let's Him Off The Hook On Bogus Answer

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In the various Presidential debates, no one seems to want to bring up President Obama's near complete about-face on his promises concerning civil liberties. It's so ridiculous that the Democratic party simply removed the issue from their platform -- and that's because he hasn't just continued former President Bush's abuses...
It Takes Jon Stewart To Finally Ask Obama About Civil Liberties... But Let's Him Off The Hook On Bogus Answer

Congress Plays See-No-Evil, Pretend-There's-No-Evil, Let-The-Evil-Continue With NSA Domestic Spying

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We're still completely perplexed at how anyone in Congress could recognize that the NSA has refused to tell Congress how often it's violated the privacy of Americans without a warrant under the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) -- and then still vote to renew it. What kind of "oversight" is that?...
Congress Plays See-No-Evil, Pretend-There's-No-Evil, Let-The-Evil-Continue With NSA Domestic Spying

U.S. Spy Law Authorizes Mass Surveillance of European Citizens: Report

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Europeans, take note: The U.S. government has granted itself authority to secretly snoop on you. That's according to a new report produced for the European Parliament, which has warned that a U.S. spy law renewed late last year authorizes "purely political surveillance on foreigners' data" if it is stored using...
U.S. Spy Law Authorizes Mass Surveillance of European Citizens: Report
Supreme Court will consider challenge to warrantless wiretapping law
Intelligence Chief Defends PRISM Program, And Says It Cannot Be Used To 'Intentionally' Target Any US Citizen

Negotiations Continue Over Extension Of Feds Ability To Spy On Americans; But No Debate On The Issues

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With the end of the year approaching, Senator Ron Wyden has admitted that he's willing to drop the hold on the renewal for the FISA Amendments Act in exchange for allowing some key amendments to be voted on. As summarized by David Kravetz at Wired: Wyden said he would lift...
Negotiations Continue Over Extension Of Feds Ability To Spy On Americans; But No Debate On The Issues
New slide from leaked PRISM presentation promotes directly collecting data from servers

People Freak Out About Privacy On Facebook, But Ignore Widespread Government Surveillance

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Reason has a great (if disappointing) post noting the very different reactions from both the press and the public to silly and exaggerated stories about privacy issues around Facebook as compared to the Senate reapproving the FISA Amendments Act, which has almost certainly allowed massive surveillance of and collection of...
People Freak Out About Privacy On Facebook, But Ignore Widespread Government Surveillance
Gov't won't even give page counts of secret PATRIOT Act documents

Kevin Clark's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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I'm relatively new around here. I'm a composer, and an all-around arts/internet/economy type guy. I teach, speak, and occasionally consult, when I'm not building a new grantmaking platform for New Music USA. And the Onion just called our podcast (Actually Happening) pedantic, so I can die happy now. I've...
Kevin Clark's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

If You Can't Sue The Feds For Spying, Sue Them For Lying About Spying

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There have been numerous attempts by various parties (including, in a few cases, the EFF) to sue the US government concerning various aspects of its warrantless spying on Americans. Pretty much all of these cases end up failing, often for reasons that are suspect. However, it appears that the EFF...
If You Can't Sue The Feds For Spying, Sue Them For Lying About Spying
Warrantless wiretapping bill heads to full vote in Congress despite opposition
Justice Department 'Complies' With FOIA Request For GPS Tracking Memos; Hands ACLU 111 Fully Redacted Pages

Government Has Already Fooled Us More Than Once On Privacy; History Belies How CISPA Will Be Used

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One of the key things we've seen in the pushback on CISPA is that its backers insist that people arguing against it don't really understand how the bill works, and that it does protect privacy. CISPA sponsor Rep. Mike Rogers himself took to Twitter this morning to tell the EFF...
Government Has Already Fooled Us More Than Once On Privacy; History Belies How CISPA Will Be Used

Lamar Smith & House Judiciary Committee Don't Want To Know How Often The NSA Spies On Americans

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Once again, we are left stunned by the sheer ridiculousness of Congress. In a House Judiciary Committee markup concerning the FISA Amendments Act (FAA), a proposed amendment to require the NSA to reveal how many times it had spied on Americans was voted down 20 - 11, led by chair...
Lamar Smith & House Judiciary Committee Don't Want To Know How Often The NSA Spies On Americans
Justice Department 'Complies' With FOIA Request For GPS Tracking Memos; Hands ACLU 111 Fully Redacted Pages

Justice Department Uses Red Tape To Delay Release Of Required Information On Domestic Spying Until Well After It Matters

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A couple of months ago, Julian Sanchez wrote about the ridiculous situation in which he filed a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to reveal the latest semi-annual report from the Justice Department concerning how it was implementing the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. As we've been discussing, for a...
Justice Department Uses Red Tape To Delay Release Of Required Information On Domestic Spying Until Well After It Matters

People Freak Out About Privacy On Facebook, But Ignore Widespread Government Surveillance

www.techdirt.com
Reason has a great (if disappointing) post noting the very different reactions from both the press and the public to silly and exaggerated stories about privacy issues around Facebook as compared to the Senate reapproving the FISA Amendments Act, which has almost certainly allowed massive surveillance of and collection of...
People Freak Out About Privacy On Facebook, But Ignore Widespread Government Surveillance
Leaked Verizon court order sheds light on widespread government surveillance

New privacy bill aimed at reforming FISA and the Patriot Act introduced in the Senate

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New legislation aims to reform the Patriot and FISA Amendments Acts to apply greater oversight and control to the government's surveillance programs....
New privacy bill aimed at reforming FISA and the Patriot Act introduced in the Senate

Judge Protects Cellphone Data On 4th Amendment Grounds, Cites Government's Technological Ignorance

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Various US government agencies have spent a lot of time and energy hoping to ensnare as much cell phone data as possible without having to deal with the "barriers" erected by the Fourth Amendment. The feds, along with Los Angeles law enforcement agencies, have bypassed the protections of the Fourth...
Judge Protects Cellphone Data On 4th Amendment Grounds, Cites Government's Technological Ignorance
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