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July 18, 2013
Silicon Valley tech giants urge for greater U.S. government transparency
Close to two-dozen technology giants signed a letter to the U.S. government calling for the ability to disclose secretive data request figures. While Google and others already publish "transparency reports" that disclose unclassified data requests, these companies are not allowed to disclose the full amount of National Security Letter "gagging orders" handed down by federal authorities. Instead, they are only permitted to report the number range.
The group also calls for Congress to pass laws that force the U.S. government to report these figures accurately without having to first seek permission from the FISC.
- Read more: Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, others urge for greater U.S. government transparency (ZDNet)
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July 19, 2013
Verizon's secret data order timed to expire, but NSA spying to carry on
The very first tidbit from the ever-expanding cache of Snowden files, the Verizon court order was due to expire. But the U.S. government, despite the leaks, pushed for its renewal.
"The Government filed an application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking renewal of the authority to collect telephony metadata in bulk, and that the Court renewed that authority," the statement from the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper read. This order continues the collection of all call details -- or "metadata" -- of calls created by Verizon between the U.S. and abroad, or within the U.S., including local calls.
- Read more: Verizon's secret data order timed to expire, but NSA spying to carry on (ZDNet)
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July 31, 2013
U.S. spy system XKeyscore allows NSA to 'wiretap anyone'
With billions of fragments of data collected by the U.S. and its "Five Eyes" partners around the globe annually, XKeyscore brings it all together, according to Snowden. In spite of the denials by U.S. officials over claims that the NSA could "wiretap anyone," the new batch of slides appeared to state otherwise.
The "top secret" program allows U.S. intelligence analysts to monitor in real time the emails, web browsing, Internet searches, social media use, and virtually all online activity of a target. Based on a "massive distributed Linux cluster", the program has 500 servers distributed around the world. In one of the slides, a map suggests these servers are located on every continent, on the territory of U.S. allies and of rivals like Russia, China, and Venezuela.
- Read more: U.S. spy system XKeyscore allows NSA to 'wiretap anyone' (ZDNet/AAP)
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Source: The Guardian