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WikiLeaks: US Bugged More Than Two Dozen Brazilian Leaders

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New spy revelations ‘likely to reinvigorate tensions,’ says The Intercept, which co-published list of targets Deirdre Fulton (Common Dreams) – Just days after Brazil President Dilma Rousseff’s official working visit to the United States, during which she and President Barack Obama ...

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NSA spied on German chancellor, ministers: Report

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New WikiLeaks documents show that the United States not only spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel but also on several ministers of the country. Relations between Germany and the United States were strained after US surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden in ...

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US court approves resumption of NSA’s bulk data collection

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A court in the United States has ruled that the National Security Agency can continue with the systematical collection of Americans’ domestic phone calls records. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court made the announcement late on Monday, which was made public ...

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Federal employee union sues US government over data breach

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The largest US federal employee union has lodged a lawsuit against the federal personnel office for failing to protect personal files from the most damaging cyberthefts in the country’s history. The class action lawsuit was filed Monday by the American Federation ...

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NSA spied on French economy ministers, companies: WikiLeaks

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The US National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapped the communications of two French economy ministers and spied on the country’s largest companies, according to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, just one week after it emerged the US had spied on the last ...

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Obama tells Hollande NSA stopped spying on French officials

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US President Barack Obama has reassured his French counterpart Francois Hollande that Washington is no longer spying on him following leaks that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on the last three French presidents. Obama’s phone conversation with ...

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What Information Does Google Hold on Me?

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Have you ever wondered how much personal information Google holds on you? The search giant has made it easier than ever before to keep tabs on what you’re sharing with it by using its services – from your Google and ...

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Leaks reveal NSA surveillance on at least 3 French presidents

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The US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on the last three presidents of France from 2006 until 2012, according to newly released documents from the WikiLeaks whistleblower website. The NSA wiretapped former French presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy as well the ...

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GCHQ spying on rights groups ‘illegal’

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The GCHQ’s secret surveillance of two international human rights groups was illegal, according to the judicial tribunal handling complaints against the intelligence services. The government’s monitoring agency kept emails for longer than necessary and violated its own internal procedures, according ...

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Surveillance court moving toward renewal of NSA spying program for 6 months

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(RT) – The secretive court that oversees US government spying requests has indicated that it will temporarily renew the National Security Agency’s bulk phone records collection authority despite a new reform law that ended the dragnet. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ...

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Snowden Does a Product Endorsement

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In the wake of Congress passing the USA Freedom Act Ed Snowden composed an editorial piece that appeared in the New York Times. There are aspects of this article that may surprise those who’ve followed events since Snowden first went ...

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Official report wants British spy agencies to retain intrusive powers

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A new official report suggests the UK intelligence agencies should be allowed to keep mass spying activities including its metadata gathering powers. In a 373-page report published on Thursday, official reviewer of counter-terrorism laws has also proposed some changes saying ...

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Revealed: Fake ‘phone towers’ that covertly spy on the British public

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More than 20 fake phone poles, which are said to be tools to spy on public communications, have been found in the United Kingdom, according to a new investigation. The investigation was conducted by the UK-based Sky News, and its ...

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Edward Snowden and ‘The Big Reveal’

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It seems like only yesterday that a lot of political journalists were spitting mad over the Snowden revelations. It was a very weird time. Anyway, you don’t see so much of that anymore as some have remembered what their jobs ...

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Media Lessons from Snowden Reporting: LA Times Editors Advocate Prosecution of Sources

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Two years ago, the first story based on the Snowden archive was published in the Guardian, revealing a program of domestic mass surveillance which, at least in its original form, ended this week. To commemorate that anniversary, Edward Snowden himself reflected in a New York ...

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GCHQ urged to halt snooping on people with no terror ties

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In a new legal case filed against British intelligence agency GCHQ, activist group Privacy International (PI) has called for an end to collecting information on people with no ties to terrorism and with no criminal record. According to the campaign ...

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Congressional Priorities for Defense Intelligence Agency: Take More Money, Discredit Snowden

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Today marks the two year anniversary of the first Snowden disclosures. The anniversary was marked not just with a Snowden op-ed published by the New York Times titled “The World Says No to Surveillance,” but also a major new Vice ...

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Leaked memo reveals NSA searches for hackers

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The Obama administration has stepped up the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program on U.S. soil to search for signs of hacking. by Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, and Henrik Moltke, ProPublica / Charlie Savage, NYT Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration ...

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Don’t be fooled – worst aspects of the Patriot Act remain

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The morning after final passage of the USA Freedom Act, while some foes of mass surveillance were celebrating, Thomas Drake sounded decidedly glum. The new law, he told me, is “a new spy program.” It restarts some of the worst ...

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Orson Welles born 100 years ago

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  By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier (WSWS) – May 6 marked one hundred years since the birth of Orson Welles, one of the most remarkable figures in American film and theater in the 20th century. Welles began acting and directing at ...

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Unsatisfied with Weak Spy Reforms, Movement Snowden Built Vows to Fight On

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‘Two years ago, debating these modest changes would’ve been unthinkable, and it is absolutely a vindication for Edward Snowden.’ Jon Queally (Common Dreams) – The law itself isn’t nearly strong enough for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and his strongest supporters to ...

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US has become a massive big brother police state: Journalist

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The US Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency are spying on all people around the world, particularly those in Islamic countries that Israel does not like, a broadcast journalist in New York City says. “This government has not ...

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Snowden Opened This Door for NSA Reform

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On the passage of the USA Freedom Act (Freedom of the Press Foundation) – On Tuesday, the Senate passed a version of the USA Freedom Act, a bill touted by its authors as surveillance reform that will end the NSA’s mass, ...

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FBI investigations must be pointed

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Any “spying on Americans” needs a court order, says Bob McNeil, the founder of the American Citizen Party, calling for “pointed” investigations at the agency rather than data collection. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been using fictitious companies to ...

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Glenn Greenwald: As Bulk NSA Spying Expires, Scare Tactics Can’t Stop ”Sea Change” on Surveillance

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Democracy Now!  – The government’s authority to sweep up millions of Americans’ phone records has expired. The practice exposed by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden could now face limited reforms as the Senate weighs the USA FREEDOM Act, which would require the ...

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FBI operating small air force of low-flying surveillance planes: Report

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US law enforcement officials have confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying surveillance planes across the country, a report says. The Associated Press revealed in an exclusive report, published ...

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Don’t Worry, the Government Still Has Plenty of Surveillance Power If Section 215 Sunsets

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Deeplinks Blog – The story being spun by the defenders of Section 215 of the Patriot Act and the Obama Administration is that if the law sunsets entirely, the government will lose critical surveillance capabilities. The fearmongering includes President Obama, who said: ...

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It Took Three to Out NSA Snooping on Us; Can We Really Afford to Lose Whistleblowers?

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There’s a little-known backstory to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s famous “not wittingly” lie, in response to Sen. Ron Wyden’s March 2013 question, “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on ‘millions or hundreds of millions of ...

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Greenwald: Obama, Media ‘Irresponsible’ for Scaring Public Over Patriot Act

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“The whole world has changed when it comes to this debate as a result of the revelations of Edward Snowden” (Common Dreams) – The Patriot Act will expire at midnight tonight unless Congress takes action today. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) pledged ...

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For 7 Years, FBI Defied Law for Seeking a Person’s Records Under Patriot Act

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A Justice Department inspector general’s report shows that for seven years the Federal Bureau of Investigation violated statutory law designed to restrict the agency’s surveillance power. During this period, the agency sought individuals’ records under the business records provision of ...

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Snowden talks NSA surveillance reform, reveals Papa John’s exists in Russia

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National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden took to Reddit Thursday, once again answering questions about surveillance reform, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s 10-hour filibuster, and whether or not he misses pizza in Russia. Snowden answered numerous questions during a Reddit AUA, ...

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‘Weaponizing Vulnerabilities': New Snowden Doc Reveals Spy Agencies Targeted Smartphones

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The ‘Five Eyes’ alliance exploited weaknesses in popular browser and planned to hijack links to app stores to implant spyware on mobile phones, new documents show (Common Dreams) – The intelligence alliance known as Five Eyes—comprising the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, ...

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As Spying Foes Look to ‘Sunset’ Patriot Act, White House Turns up the Pressure

Justice Department memo reveals pressure campaign as two competing spy bills head to vote (Common Dreams) – With key provisions of the Patriot Act set to expire at the end of the month and congressional in-fighting over the legality of government ...

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Why the ACLU’s Big Victory Against NSA Surveillance Falls Short

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I don’t like to be a wet blanket, but at the risk of mixing metaphors, I’m going to throw some cold water on the decision last week in American Civil Liberties Union v. Clapper, which held that the National Security ...

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White House, senators call for end to NSA phone data collection as Patriot Act renewal looms

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(RT) –  A handful of US senators used a series of speeches to denounce the NSA’s ability to collect mass amounts of Americans phone data. The White House joined them in pushing for NSA reform while also advocating the renewal ...

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German govt actively assisted NSA in mass surveillance – WikiLeaks

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(RT) – The former monitoring base of the National Security Agency (NSA), which belongs to the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND), is seen in Bad Aibling, south of Munich (Reuters/Michaela Rehle) WikiLeaks has released new documents showing the German government ...

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Woman fired for uninstalling app on company phone that tracked her 24 hrs a day

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A California woman has sued her former employer, which fired her shortly after she disabled a GPS tracking feature on her company iPhone. The app was used to monitor employees even on their personal time, the lawsuit alleged. Myrna Arias ...

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NSA asked Germany to spy on tech giant

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The US intelligence agency NSA asked its German partner service BND to spy on the European country’s engineering and technology giant Siemens, a German newspaper reported Sunday. In the latest report on a widening spying scandal, the newspaper said the ...

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Snowden says Australia watching its citizens ‘all the time,’ slams new metadata laws

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Published time: May 09, 2015 15:02

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden (Reuters/Charles Platiau)

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden accused Australia of undertaking mass surveillance of its citizens and passing laws on the collection of metadata that he says do not protect society from acts of terrorism.

Snowden, addressing the Progress 2015 conference in Melbourne via satellite link, criticized Australia's new metadata laws, which allow the government and intelligence agencies to keep a constant watch on citizens.

"What this means is they are watching everybody all the time,” the former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower said. “They're collecting information and they're just putting it in buckets that they can then search through not only locally, not only in Australia, but they can then share this with foreign intelligences services.”

Last month, Australia passed controversial laws that require telecommunications firms to retain their customers’ phone and computer metadata for two years.

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Snowden decried this disturbing trend, warning that regardless of what you are doing “you're being watched."

He compared Australia's mass surveillance system to that being used in the UK.

"Australia's role in mass surveillance around the world is similar to the UK and the Tempora program," he said.

Snowden, who has been living in Moscow since June 2013 after receiving political asylum, criticized the Australian government’s passage of a metadata program that is being used, he said, to “collect everyone's communications in advance of criminal suspicion."

"This is dangerous," he told the conference.

The former system administrator for the CIA said such invasive surveillance technologies had nothing in common with traditional liberal societies.

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"This is not things that governments have ever traditionally been empowered to claim for themselves as authorities.

"And to have that change recently ... is a radical departure from the operation of traditional liberal societies around the world."

Snowden repeated his position that acts of terrorism in the US and elsewhere have not been thwarted by conducting mass surveillance on citizens.

"Nine times out of 10 when you see someone on the news who's engaged in some sort of radical jihadist activity, these are people who had a long record," he said.

"The reason these attacks happened is not because we didn't have enough surveillance, it's because we had too much."

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Aside from average citizens, he warned that journalists are also at risk of having their contacts exposed by the mass surveillance.

"Under these mandatory metadata laws you can immediately see who journalists are contacting, from which you can derive who their sources are."

He excoriated such a turn of events, saying the purpose of a free press in society is to “act as an adversary against the government on behalf of the public."

Snowden’s comments came on the same day that a US federal appeals court ruled the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records was illegal. In a unanimous decision, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York called the bulk phone records collection "unprecedented and unwarranted."

The ruling, which Snowden called “extraordinarily encouraging,” comes as Congress confronts a June 1 deadline to renew a section of the Patriot Act that allows the NSA’s bulk data surveillance.

Meanwhile, Snowden seems determined to reveal more information from the National Security Agency (NSA) files, hinting there was yet more information about Australia’s intelligence work that would be revealed at a later date.

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Germany’s NBD restricts cooperation with NSA: Reports

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Germany’s foreign intelligence agency has reportedly restricted intelligence cooperation with the US National Security Agency (NSA) amid a recent scandal over alleged joint spying by the two organizations against European officials.

According to German media reports, Bundesnachrichtendienst, commonly known by its acronym BND, started demanding that the NSA provide a justification for each online surveillance request this week.

Citing sources close to a German parliamentary inquiry into the allegations, national daily Süddeutsche Zeitung and other German media said the BND stopped sharing internet surveillance data with the American agency after it failed to provide the required explanation.

Such a rule had long been in place for phone and fax surveillance, which Berlin continues to share with the NSA.

A view of radomes at German BND’s satellite tracking station in Bad Aibling, Bavaria (© AFP, file)

Konstantin von Notz, the German Green Party ombudsman in the parliamentary committee investigating revelations of NSA spying by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, welcomed the move, saying it was an acknowledgement that the operation was out of control.

“This is certainly a drastic step. It’s like pulling the emergency rip cord, because even in the year 2015, they’re still not able to control these search terms for internet traffic,” he said.

He also accused the government in Berlin of failing to protect German and European interests.

On April 30, a report surfaced that the BND had helped the NSA carry out “political espionage” on high-ranking French officials and the European Commission.

Merkel defiance

On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her country’s intelligence agency over its cooperation with the US to spy on EU countries and entities.

“In the face of international terrorism threats, they can only do this in cooperation with other intelligence agencies – and that includes first and foremost the NSA,” said Merkel during her first public comments on the spying scandal.

She said, however, that she would fully cooperate with a parliamentary investigation committee probing the accusations.

In 2013, Snowden blew the whistle on the agency, revealing that Washington had been conducting massive internet and phone data spying on “friendly countries and their leaders,” including Germany itself.

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Congress Must Abandon Bulk Collection of Phone-Call Data

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On Thursday morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that Section 215 of the Patriot Act does not authorize some of the sweeping surveillance programs the NSA and other intelligence agencies use. The judges rejected the ...

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US to Answer for Surveillance Practices on Global Stage

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(CDT) – It only happens once every four and a half years, but it’s about to happen this month: the United States will appear before the assembled United Nations Member States to listen and respond to critiques of its human ...

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Snowden Docs: NSA Technology Lets Gov’t Generate Transcripts of Private Phone Calls

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(Democracy Now!) – A new article by The Intercept details how the National Security Agency is converting people’s private phone conversations into searchable text. According to documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the agency can now automatically recognize spoken ...

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Appeals court rules NSA bulk data collection illegal

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A federal appeals court ruled the National Security Agency’s controversial mass collection of Americans’ phone records is illegal.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals said in a 97-page opinion Thursday that the laws used to justify the bulk data collection program “have never been interpreted to authorize anything approaching the breadth of the sweeping surveillance at issue here.”

The ruling by the three-judge panel in New York comes as Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which has been used as a basis for the NSA’s data collection, is due to expire next month and members of Congress are debating whether to renew the law, modify it, or let it die.

The court’s decision was in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) arguing the data collection program violates privacy rights of Americans.

A lower court judge had ruled the program was constitutional and the ACLU appealed that ruling.

The appeals court, however, did not say whether the NSA’s program violates the privacy rights of Americans because it was never properly authorized by existing law.

The judges also did not order the bulk data collection to stop.

In June 2013, Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor, began leaking classified intelligence documents showing the extent of the NSA’s spying activities.

According to the documents, the agency has been collecting phone records of millions of Americans as well as foreign nationals and political leaders around the world.

US civil liberties advocates argue that the collected phone records could give intelligence agencies a road map to Americans' private activities.

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German opposition demands probe into BND/NSA surveillance & industrial espionage

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(RT) – The German opposition is threatening legal action against the government unless it shares detailed information on the extent of ties between the German BND and the NSA. Meanwhile Germany’s top prosecutor has launched an investigation into the latest ...

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Who is Angela Merkel working for and why?

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The claims that Merkel’s government knew about German state intelligence spying on behalf of the Americans against the country’s own industrial interests raise disturbing questions about the integrity of German government leaders. The apparent betrayal of German national interests by ...

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Big Brother finds new way to track every vehicle owner

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We predicted it would happen. A year after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) scuttled plans to build its own nationwide database of vehicle license plate data, the agency is seeking bids from private contractors to provide the agency access ...

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Can mass surveillance be stopped before it’s too late?

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A House committee advanced major legislation Thursday that would effectively end the National Security Agency’s bulk vacuuming of American phone records, a lurch forward for surveillance reform that comes as key spying authorities are a month away from expiring. The ...

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How Eric Snowden Changed Our World

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It is now almost two years since whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked classified information on the surveillance activities of the NSA and its allies in the GCHQ and other agencies around the world. Eighteen months later Laura Poitras’ film Citizenfour about ...

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FBI’s Proposals for Mandatory Tech Security ‘Back Doors’ Is Slammed by Bipartisan Committee

An FBI proposal to force companies to provide law enforcement with so-called back doors into consumer phones and computers would be like “drilling a hole in a windshield,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the U.S. Committee on Oversight ...

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German govt accused of lying to parliament about NSA spying

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Angela Merkel’s government has been accused of lying to the country’s parliament after it was alleged that it knew German spies were conducting economic espionage for the NSA. Revelations show that some spooks were even spying on German companies. Germany’s ...

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With millennials gaining influence, surveillance reform is inevitable

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About a year ago, a thirtysomething sculptor in Los Angeles began working on a bust of Edward Snowden. When he was done, he shipped the bust to his artist friends on the East Coast. Just before dawn April 6, the ...

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How to make yourself anonymous online

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“How can I travel and communicate over the Internet without being tracked or spied on by anyone?” This tutorial is going to explain how you got to this! There are a multitude of reasons for wanting privacy for communications on ...

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FBI can’t cut Internet and pose as cable guy to search property, judge says

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A federal judge issued a stern rebuke Friday to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s method for breaking up an illegal online betting ring. The Las Vegas court frowned on the FBI’s ruse of disconnecting Internet access to $25,000-per-night villas at Caesar’s ...

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Government and corporations are deciding on new ways to invade your privacy

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A debate, going on in the quasi-private and well-catered halls of government-corporate collusion, has reached the post-smoldering stage. It’s now a virtual forest fire in full public view. It pits government spies against corporate cannibals and is about the often ...

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Author Of The Patriot Act: Government Backdoors Into iPhones Are Unnecessary

Michael Chertoff , co-author of the Patriot Act, a set of laws that provided the US government with broad surveillance powers in the wake of 9/11, is unashamedly proud of what he built. Speaking to FORBES ahead of the 1 June ...

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Your Facebook Chat Sessions Logged By CIA-Funded Company

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If you thought your Facebook chats are safe from prying eyes, you’re apparently wrong. Bosnadev says that Facebook’s chats are being scanned by a CIA -funded company, a discovery Bosnadev made after looking into some unusual activity on a website triggered by a link ...

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How Corporations and Law Enforcement Are Spying on Activists

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In August 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit distributed an intelligence bulletin to all field offices warning that environmental extremism would likely become an increasing threat to the energy industry. The eight-page document argued that, even ...

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72% of Brits concerned about online privacy since Snowden leaks

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New research suggests nearly three quarters of British adults are worried about the distribution of their personal information online, with concerns including hackers and unauthorized access to data. The figures, compiled by pollster YouGov, found that 32 percent of respondents ...

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Glenn Greenwald: NSA Surveillance Program is ‘Antithesis’ of Fourth Amendment

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Glenn Greenwald, the lawyer and journalist who became a left-wing celebrity for his articles helping whistle-blower Edward Snowden expose the NSA’s mass-surveillance program, admits enjoying the reaction when critics discovered he would be in North Texas to appear on Glenn ...

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Could your online porn habits be publicly released?

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Porn viewers’ online browsing habits could be exposed by hackers – leading to the biggest internet privacy scandal since nude celebrity photos were leaked last year. That’s the premise of an investigation by Vice’s Motherboard science and technology channel, which took ...

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Facebook hit with class action lawsuit over facial recognition data

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A new class action lawsuit claims Facebook violated its users’ privacy rights in acquiring what it describes as the largest privately held database of facial recognition data in the world. According to a report from Courthouse News Service, lead plaintiff Carlo ...

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Edward Snowden Talks Government Spying and ‘Dick Pics’ with John Oliver

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Jon Queally In a sit-down interview with John Oliver, host of HBO’s comedy news show Last Week Tonight, that aired on Sunday, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said that people should not curb their online habits just because the U.S. government is ...

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Snowden leak reveals UK spied on Argentina

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Documents recently leaked by renowned whistleblower Edward Snowden claim the UK spied on Argentina for several years, fearing it would attempt to take the Falklands again. The intelligence data released by Snowden suggest that Britain spied on the Argentinian authorities ...

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All of the Ways Big Brother Is Watching You

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Privacy as we once knew it is dead. We now find ourselves in the unenviable position of being monitored, managed and controlled by our technology—specifically the technology employed by the government against the American citizenry. As a result, warns John ...

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Black America’s State of Surveillance

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Ten years ago, on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, my mother, a former Black Panther, died from complications of sickle cell anemia. Weeks before she died, the FBI came knocking at our door, demanding that my mother testify in a ...

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Facebook and the military industrial surveillance complex

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Earlier this week the European Commission’s attorney Bernhard Schima told the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) the US-EU Safe Harbor framework does not work. KURT NIMMO The framework process supposedly protects personal data. In 2013, however, it ...

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Welcome To The TSA’s Creepy-Ass “Behavior Detection” Program

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Does reading people’s microexpressions stop terrorists, or just encourage pseudoscientific profiling? Airport security basically sucks: Being herded through a Tensabarrier maze alongside a bunch of strangers is vexing enough. Then throw in the bag searches, the bomb-swabs, the mandatory doffing ...

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Snowden leaks prove Canada is hacking on global scale

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Documents show Communication Security Establishment boasts vast array of cyber warfare capabilities, works hand-in-hand with NSA Lauren McCauley Canada’s spy agency, the Communication Security Establishment (CSE), is a major player in global hacking operations and boasts a vast array of ...

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Obama Sets New Record In Censorship

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The Obama administration has set a new record for concealing information from the public. According to an Associated Press analysis, of the more than 700,000 requests for information last year, the government censored or denied access to information in more ...

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What the NSA tried to do with your iPhone is detestable

Researchers working with the CIA have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple’s iPhones and iPads. (Image: The Intercept)

New documents and reporting by The Intercept detail sustained attempt to break encryption of iPhone and iPad Jon Queally New reporting by The Intercept published Tuesday reveals a years-long effort by the Central Intelligence Agency, alongside partners both inside and ...

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Wikimedia joins civil rights groups in lawsuit against NSA internet spying

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The Wikimedia Foundation, Amnesty International and a host of civil rights groups sued the National Security Agency and the US Department of Justice on Tuesday challenging the mass surveillance programme uncovered by whistleblower Edward Snowden. “We’re filing suit today on ...

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I Toured Stasi HQ with NSA Whistleblowers

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The Stasi offices in Berlin have been frozen in time since they were stormed by activists on January 15th, 1990, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall three months earlier. As tourists creep around, room by room, through this monument ...

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Curbs on Surveillance State Urged

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In the post 9/11 era, the U.S. government vastly expanded its surveillance of nearly everyone on earth, even U.S. citizens, brushing aside constitutional protections in the name of security. A group of intelligence veterans urges reform of those practices to ...

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Edward Snowden live chat

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A Canadian team has created a searchable database of all the publicly released classified documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in hopes it’ll help citizens better understand the complex files trickling out around the world. ...

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Supreme Court: Police retention of data on peaceful protester breaches privacy rights, but is justified

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Melanie Newman The Supreme Court has confirmed that where the state retains data on individuals without their consent, it is breaching their privacy rights, even when that data is public. But despite this finding the court ruled that the Metropolitan Police acted ...

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Noam Chomsky: Edward Snowden a True Patriot Who Should be Honored

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Noted linguist also says ‘global assassination program’ is fuelling terrorism. Andrea Germanos Noam Chomsky said that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is a true patriot who revealed vast surveillance programs that have nothing to do with combating terrorism. The noted intellectual made the ...

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‘Stingray’ surveillance devices can degrade service for any cell phone in vicinity – report

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Surveillance technology known as ‘Stingray’ — used to trick phones into connecting to them by mimicking cell towers — can block or drop phone calls and disrupt other mobile devices that use the same cell network, according to a recent ...

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Snowden Document Reveals Huge Scope of Canada’s Domestic Surveillance

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Lauren McCauley This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Canada’s electronic spy agency, the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), collects millions of emails and other information from its citizens and stores them for “days to months,” ...

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FBI, Cops Raid Republic of Texas Meeting, Fingerprint Members, Seize Cellphones, Computers

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The Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, Agents of the Texas District Attorney, the Texas Rangers and the FBI raided a congressional meeting for the Republic of Texas held in Bryan, Texas. More ...

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NSA chief declines comment on hard drive spyware reports — but insists programs lawful

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The head of the National Security Agency refused to comment on Monday on reports that the U.S. government implants spyware on computer hard drives for surveillance purposes, saying “we fully comply with the law.” U.S. Navy Admiral Michael Rogers was ...

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Washington’s Prying Eyes

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As the U.S. government maintains its uneasy silence about the kidnapping and probable murder of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico—or, for that matter, about the estimated 100 thousand Mexicans killed since the recommitment to the drug war in 2006—it is ...

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Companies forced to anonymously fight back against FBI surveillance

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The fate of the United States government’s ability to silently serve tech companies with a type of court order that compels firms to hand over private user data to federal authorities is currently being fought, predictably, cloak-and-dagger. A lawsuit filed ...

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5 Ways Mass Surveillance Is Destroying the US Economy

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Via Washington’s Blog with permission Prosperity Requires Privacy Privacy is a prerequisite for a prosperous economy. Even the White House admits: People must have confidence that data will travel to its destination without disruption. Assuring the free flow of information, the security ...

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Researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program

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The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s ...

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Find out if the British government has spied on you

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There’s now an easier way to discover whether the U.K. intelligence services illegally obtained your information from their U.S. colleagues — but you’ll have to tell a U.K. campaign group as well as the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters your details ...

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‘Privacy Critical to Human Freedom': Snowden, Poitras, and Greenwald Talk NSA

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Though Snowden beamed in remotely, conversation hosted by New York Times brings together trio that revealed vast secretive surveillance network to global public Jon Queally Common Dreams Reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. During a unique conversation ...

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Twitter Reveals All It Can Tell You About Government Surveillance of Users

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On Monday morning, Twitter released its most recent transparency report. Every 6 months, the company voluntarily discloses its data on government and law enforcement requests for information about Twitter users. However, the government has barred Twitter from sharing much of ...

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British Tribunal Rules Mass Internet Surveillance by GCHQ Was Unlawful

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Earlier Friday the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) in the UK ruled that the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters’ (GCHQ) access to information intercepted online by the US National Security Agency (NSA) was unlawful up until December 2014. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal ...

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Edward Snowden speaks to Toronto students, urges caution on new terror bill

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Former U.S. intelligence contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden says citizens of the world, including Canadians, should be “extraordinarily cautious” when their governments try to pass new laws under the guise of an increased threat of terrorism. Legislation tabled last Friday ...

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The FBI’s plan to collect everyone’s DNA just got a huge boost from congress

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In 2011, 1 in 25 Americans was arrested. In a few years, if the FBI has its way, the federal government will possess the DNA of all of those people and more. Under the radar of most lawmakers and journalists, ...

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Revealed: A Whole New Terrifying Level of Surveillance

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Federal agencies tried to use vehicle license-plate readers to track the travel patterns of Americans on a much wider scale than previously thought, with new documents showing the technology was proposed for use to monitor public meetings. The American Civil ...

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NSA Began Warrantless Surveillance Without Congressional Approval

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Newly declassified documents show intelligence agency spied on emails, phone calls before passage of surveillance act Nadia Prupis The National Security Agency began its warrantless surveillance program without Congressional approval, spying on emails and phone calls of foreign targets months ...

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Secret ‘BADASS’ Intelligence Program Spied on Smartphones

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British and Canadian spy agencies accumulated sensitive data on smartphone users, including location, app preferences, and unique device identifiers, by piggybacking on ubiquitous software from advertising and analytics companies, according to a document obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The ...

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The War on Leaks Has Gone Way Too Far When Journalists’ Emails Are Under Surveillance

Think whatever you like about Assange. But be outraged that the US government is reading his staff members’ personal emails. (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The outrageous legal attack on WikiLeaks and its staffers, who are exercising their First Amendment rights to publish classified information in the public interest—just like virtually every other major news organization in this country—is an attack on freedom of the ...

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City of London police get power to tap into CCTV

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City of London police are to trial a new technology that allows officers to receive CCTV film in real time – an innovation used ahead of French police storming the besieged kosher store in Paris. Police in London are being ...

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Edward Snowden shuns iPhones due to secret software that can be remotely activated to spy on people, says lawyer

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The iPhone has secret spyware that lets governments watch users without their knowledge, according to Edward Snowden’s lawyer. The NSA whistleblower doesn’t use a phone because of the secret software, which his lawyer says can be remotely activated to watch ...

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The Surveillance State Is Coming to a Pub Near You

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The CCTV cameras are slowly being switched off in Britain’s austerity hit streets and town centres as, one by one, skint local councils and police forces decide they are not worth the overheads. Before the money ran out, CCTV was ...

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Google will review Europe-only policy for ‘right to be forgotten’

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Google is only removing search results from European websites when individuals invoke their “right to be forgotten”, contrary to regulators’ guidelines, but will review that approach soon, the company’s chief legal officer said on Monday. The issue of how far ...

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Beware Obama’s State of the Union Tax Hike

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What makes it funny in the case of President Obama is that the bad news isn’t some inspector general’s report or inside-the-Beltway scandal, but the details of the $320 billion tax increase that Obama himself plans to ask for in ...

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