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US court disallows NSA from holding phone records beyond five years  10 March 2014 
Source: IT World - Posted by Anthony Pell   
The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ruled against a U.S. government request that it be allowed to hold telephone metadata beyond the current five-year limit as it may be required as evidence in civil lawsuits that question the data collection.
 
Judges Poised to Hand U.S. Spies the Keys to the Internet  03 February 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Alex   
How does the NSA get the private crypto keys that allow it to bulk eavesdrop on some email providers and social networking sites? It’s one of the mysteries yet unanswered by the Edward Snowden leaks.
 
If You Used This Secure Webmail Site, the FBI Has Your Inbox  27 January 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Alex   
While investigating a hosting company known for sheltering child porn last year the FBI incidentally seized the entire e-mail database of a popular anonymous webmail service called TorMail. Now the FBI is tapping that vast trove of e-mail in unrelated investigations.
 
Obama in awkward spot after privacy board calls NSA snooping illegal  24 January 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Anthony Pell   
A report Thursday by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) calling the National Security Agency's bulk phone records collection program illegal and mostly useless puts the Obama Administration in an awkward spot.
 
An NSA-Proof Twitter, Built With Code From Bitcoin and BitTorrent  17 January 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
When mass political protests erupted throughout Brazil in June, Miguel Freitas did what countless others did: He followed the news on Twitter. Tweets revealed information he couldn’t get anywhere else, including the mainstream media. “Brazilian media is highly concentrated,” says Freitas, an engineer based in Rio de Janeiro. “I have been able to read news that a lot of friends never heard about.”
 
The Danger of NSA Spying on Members of Congress  08 January 2014 
Source: The Atlantic - Posted by Dave Wreski   
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sent a letter to the NSA on Friday asking, "Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials?" The only acceptable answer ought to be, "No, of course not."
 
Infosec experts boycott RSA conflab over alleged 'secret' NSA contract  08 January 2014 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
More security researchers are boycotting next month's US edition of the RSA Conference in protest against an alleged "secret deal" the company is said to have struck with the National Security Agency.
 
Glenn Greenwald: ‘A Lot’ More NSA Documents to Come  06 January 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Nearly seven months after journalist and privacy activist Glenn Greenwald publicized Edward Snowden’s first revelations of the vast scope of the NSA’s digital surveillance, his life has changed absolutely.
 
Operation Vula  30 December 2013 
Source: Schneier on Security - Posted by Dave Wreski   
"Talking to Vula" is the story of a 1980s secret communications channel between black South African leaders and others living in exile in the UK. The system used encrypted text encoded into DTMF "touch tones" and transmitted from pay phones.
 
Snowden: Dear Brazil, the NSA is watching you  18 December 2013 
Source: CNET - Posted by Alex   
Edward Snowden has written an extensive open letter to the people of Brazil to discuss his findings and ultimately seek asylum.
 
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