Monthly Archives: November 2015

Surveillance State? It’s So Much Worse

The invasiveness of today’s digital technology is breathtaking. We know that our network service providers, search engines, and social media monitor our every digital action to recommend products and fuel consumption. Google collects and mines our Gmails, attachments, contacts, and calendars. Twitter watches our activity

NSA Requests Extension for Access to US Citizens’ Phone Records

The US National Security Agency (NSA) requested a 90-day extension for limited access to Americans’ phone metadata collected to date for technical and verification purposes, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said in a press release. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On November 29,

NSA’s Mass Metadata Collection Still Constitutional, Says Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit has denied Larry Klayman’s emergency petition for rehearing en bac of the appeals court’s ruling to stay a lower court injunction on the government’s bulk metadata collection program. Judge Brett Kavanaugh explained in his concurring opinion

What’s the Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much

Current and former government officials have been pointing to the terror attacks in Paris as justification for mass surveillance programs. CIA Director John Brennan accused privacy advocates of “hand-wringing” that has made “our ability collectively internationally to find these terrorists much more challenging.” Former National

NSA to Continue Bulk Data Collection Regardless of Legal Changes

Former White House National Security Council advisor Gwenyth Todd claims that NSA will continue its mass surveillance practices despite changes to the legislation. The US National Security Agency (NSA) will continue its mass surveillance practices despite changes to the legislation, former White House National Security

Cotton pushes to block NSA reforms in wake of Paris attack

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is seeking to halt a looming expiration of controversial National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, saying the Paris terror attacks Friday prove the value of the spy agency’s data collection. On Tuesday, Cotton is introducing legislation to delay this month’s deadline to

Edward Snowden: Choosing Truth Over Comfort

At this time Snowden remains in temporary asylum in Russia, persecuted in his home country, while international support for the whistleblower is growing. When one speaks of political asylum, the name that springs to mind first is probably Edward Snowden. A former contractor for the

German Lawmakers Agree New Constraints on Spy Agency

The German CDU/CSU Union and SPD coalition parties have reached an agreement on a new law that will rein in the powers of the state Federal Intelligence Service (BND) in the wake of a series of allegations of mass surveillance. There has been a public

Edward Snowden Explains How To Reclaim Your Privacy

Last Month, I met Edward Snowden in a hotel in central Moscow, just blocks away from Red Square. It was the first time we’d met in person; he first emailed me nearly two years earlier, and we eventually created an encrypted channel to journalists Laura

Snowden Uncovers Best Methods of Defending Personal Data

In a world where the Internet has become ubiquitous, everyone should consider threats associated with possible leaks of vital personal data and take simple steps to prevent it, former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden said in an interview with the Intercept. Internet users’ personal