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June 17, 2013
Apple, Microsoft, Facebook release new details on national security requests
After denying any direct involvement in the PRISM spying scandal, three Silicon Valley technology giants released new details on U.S. government requests. Under the existing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), companies are barred from even acknowledging such a court order exists, let alone disclosing it to the public. The move was in efforts to be more transparent about such national security requests for their customers' data, despite gagging orders in effect.
- Read more: Apple, Microsoft, Facebook release new details on national security requests (CBS News)
Image: ZDNet; Microsoft, Google, Facebook
June 20, 2013
Secret NSA documents on data collection appear more relaxed than first told
More leaks from The Guardian disclose the reach of the NSA's ability to spy domestically. Two documents outlined how the U.S. spy agency is able to target non-U.S. residents, while the other outlined how it can minimize data collection from U.S. residents. The document shed new light on how the NSA targets individuals for monitoring and surveillance, including the "rules" in which it can acquire data on Americans, in spite of law to protect such domestic spying,
- Read more: Secret NSA documents on data collection appear more relaxed than first told (ZDNet)
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Source: The Guardian
June 21, 2013
British spy agency said to tap world's phone calls, e-mails
Further details relating to the U.K. government's involvement in the NSA's surveillance are published. In a new slide called "Mastering the Internet," GCHQ tapped into some of the world's critical submarine fiber cables, which according to the slides, allows it access to much of the world's telephone calls and Internet traffic. The data can be stored for up to 30 days, allowing analysts to look over the data.
The Guardian, which reported the story, said GCHQ had been carrying out the operation without warrants, and without public acknowledgement or debate, for almost 18 months.
- Read more: British spy agency said to tap world's phone calls, e-mails (CNET)
Source: The Guardian