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June 30, 2013
Latest NSA leak details PRISM's bigger picture
New leaks offered further details of the mass collection of email, video and voice chat, photos, file transfers, and other online social networking content on foreign nationals by the NSA in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
According to one slide, there were 117,675 "active surveillance targets" in PRISM's database, but this figure does not detail which kinds of users these were, or among them how many Americans had their data collected inadvertently by the program.
Annotations by the Post suggest that PRINTAURA "sorts and dispatches the data stream" into different categories of data from the FBI's Data Interception Technology Unit (DITU) -- understood to be the Tier 1 company wiretaps. The DITU is understood to maintain this equipment, in which the data it collects is then passed to the NSA.
- Read more: Latest NSA leak details PRISM's bigger picture (ZDNet)
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Source: The Washington Post
July 3, 2013
Bolivia president's plane rerouted due to Snowden suspicions
With the fugitive whistleblower Snowden suspected of being on board, the private jet of Bolivian president was forced to land as a number of countries in the region refused to allow the plane through its airspace. The plane needed additional fuel as a result of the non-direct route. Officials denied Snowden was on board, which was confirmed after the plane was searched by authorities on the ground.
- Read more: Bolivia president's plane rerouted due to Snowden suspicions (CBS News)
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July 4, 2013
EU votes to support suspending U.S. data sharing agreements, including passenger flight data
The European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution that would back the Commission should it wish to suspend data sharing agreements with the U.S., such as the passenger name records system, which the U.S. claims is vital to protecting national security. It follows revelations that the U.S. spied on millions of European citizens.
The parliament's plenary session highlighted the strained diplomatic relationship between the EU and the U.S. over the mass surveillance revelations.
- Read more: EU votes to support suspending U.S. data sharing agreements (ZDNet)
Image: European Parliament/Flickr