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September 27, 2013
NSA offers details on 'LOVEINT' (that's spying on lovers, exes)
It's not surprising that when NSA analysts are given access to vast amounts of American and foreign personal information, there might a chance they might misuse it for their own personal gain.
The latest, albeit not-as-shocking revelation, was that a handful of NSA staffers misused their security clearance to access data on their lovers and partners. Dubbed LOVEINT, or "love intelligence," there were 12 substantiated instances of intentional misuse of signals intelligence at the NSA -- compared to an average of seven per day of "inadvertent" mistakes, such as the collection of American data.
- Read more: NSA offers details on 'LOVEINT' (that's spying on lovers, exes) (CNET)
September 28, 2013
NSA maps some Americans' social connections, says report
Facebook may be for yourself and your friends, but it's also very much for the NSA. More documents leaked by Snowden said the intelligence agency had created "social graphs" of Americans in efforts to "rapidly discover and correlate complex relationships and patterns across diverse data sources on a massive scale."
According to the documents, 94 types of data are included, such as phone numbers, email addresses, and IP address details. Other data is pulled in from other sources, such as passenger name records (gathered domestically and from the European Union under existing agreements), voter registration rolls, tax info, GPS location data, bank codes, insurance information, and even Facebook profiles.
Image: The New York Times
Source: The New York Times
September 30, 2013
Verizon: 'No comment' on FISA court challenge
While Verizon remains mum on challenging any secret U.S. court order that authorizes the mass vacuuming of U.S. and international data, a growing number of technology firms called on Congress for greater transparency and data request reporting.
Foursquare, Twilio, and Automattic -- the creator of WordPress.com -- have added their names to a list, joining Apple, CloudFlare, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yahoo, among others, calling on Congress for greater transparency surrounding secret government data requests for customer and user information.
- Read more: Verizon: 'No comment' on FISA court challenge (ZDNet)