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NSA and FBI fight to retain spy powers as surveillance law nears expiration | US news | The Guardian
With about 45 days remaining before a major post-9/11 surveillance authorization expires, representatives of the National Security Agency and the FBI are taking to Capitol Hill to convince legislators to preserve their sweeping spy powers.

That effort effectively re-inaugurates a surveillance debate in Congress that has spent much of 2015 behind closed doors. Within days, congressional sources tell the Guardian, the premiere NSA reform bill of the last Congress, known as the USA Freedom Act, is set for reintroduction – and this time, some former supporters fear the latest version of the bill will squander an opportunity for even broader surveillance reform.
nsa  fbi  law  patriotact  privacy  freedom  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  US 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
UK spies keep data on race, political views and more
“The report’s big surprise, though, was the first official disclosure of the existence of the agencies’ bulk personal datasets, described by the committee as “large databases containing personal information about a wide range of people”, and used to identify people, establish links, and analyse behaviour and connections. The more sensitive information in these datasets covers things like racial or ethnic origin, religion, political views, medical conditions, sexual orientation and so on.” By David Meyer on TechEU
eu  technology  policy  government  surveillance  gchq  nsa  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
What NSA Director Mike Rogers Doesn’t Get About Encryption
“If a “golden key” that works against an entire class of systems is cracked or compromised, the entire system is vulnerable—which makes it worthwhile for sophisticated attackers to devote enormous resources to compromising that key, far beyond what it would make sense to expend on the key for any single individual or company.”
indie  indieroundup  notincluded  encryption  goldenkeys  backdoors  nsa  surveillance  security  cryptography 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
Canary Watch
"Warrant canary" is a colloquial term for a regularly published statement that a service provider has not received legal process that it would be prohibited from saying it had received, such as a national security letter. Canarywatch tracks and documents these statements. This site lists warrant canaries we know about, tracks changes or disappearances of canaries, and allows submissions of canaries not listed on the site.
indie  indieroundup  notincluded  nsa  nationalsecurityletter 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
NSA staffers rake in Silicon Valley cash
“Former employees of the National Security Agency are becoming a hot commodity in Silicon Valley amid the tech industry’s battle against government surveillance.

Investors looking to ride the boom in cybersecurity are dangling big paydays in front of former NSA staffers, seeking to secure access to the insider knowledge they gained while working for the world’s most elite surveillance agency.”
nsa  security  siliconvalley  surveillance  indie  indieroundup  corruption  institutionalcorruption  notincluded 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
NSA director defends plan to maintain 'backdoors' into technology companies
Mike Rogers mounts elaborate defense of Obama’s cybersecurity strategy and seeks to calm doubts about built-in access to companies’ data
nsa  backdoors  security  data  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
NSA Joins FBI in Fight Against Total Encryption
The Director of the National Security Agency repeated a dubious claim, previously made by one of the nation’s top law enforcement officers, boasting that American security services can crack a type of increasingly popular encryption without completely undermining the privacy-preserving technique.
nsa  fbi  encryption  security  privacy  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
Citizen Four
The documentary by Laura Poitras telling the inside story of Edward Snowden and the evidence he provided of the National Security Agency's mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy. On the Channel 4 40D website until 4th March 2015.
citizenfour  film  movie  poitras  snowden  nsa  surveillance  privacy  indie  indieroundup  27feb2015 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program
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 computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives. By Joseph Menn on Reuters
privacy  freedom  spying  indie  indieroundup  20feb2015  NSA  harddrives 
february 2015 by laurakalbag

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