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August 9, 2013
Snowden's email provider Lavabit shuts down under U.S. government pressure
Edward Snowden's email provider shut down, citing ongoing pressure from the U.S. government. Little was known why the shadowy service shut down, except for a short note on its website. Snowden used the service that allowed the whistleblower to communicate with others outside of work, and with journalists investigating the NSA's reach.
The note from Lavabit founder Ladar Levison published on its website said he decided to suspend operations but said he could only wish he was able to "legally share with you the events that led to my decision."
- Read more: Snowden's privacy-oriented email provider shuts down under U.S. government pressure (ZDNet)
August 12, 2013
NSA hunger demands 29 petabytes of data a day
New documents released by the NSA -- in efforts to appease some of the concerns over its mass surveillance operations, claimed the agency is looking at 0.00004 percent of the world's total Internet traffic. This translates roughly into 29 million gigabytes (29 petabytes) per day, which only 0.025 percent is inspected by authorities.
But some number crunches said that with peer-to-peer discounted and other content not considered for inspection, such as television content downloading, the total inspection would account for about half the communications on the Internet.
The agency also said: "Every search into the [business record] FISA database is auditable, and all three branches of our government exercise oversight over NSA's use of this authority."
- Read more: NSA hunger demands 29 petabytes of data a day (ZDNet)
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August 13, 2013
Spain demands answers over U.S. spying claims
Spain was next to get dragged into the U.S. government surveillance controversy, after reports claimed the country also fell victim to the massive spying operation. New reports said Spain was grouped with Germany, France, Italy, and Japan in the "middle" category of where the U.S. considers its surveillance efforts should be focused.
The revelations sparked anger with the Spanish government, which subsequently sought "clarification and information" from the U.S. Embassy in Madrid.
Read more: Spain demands answers over U.S. spying claims (ZDNet)
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Source: Der Spiegel