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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.
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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)
October 1, 2013
NSA stores metadata on innocent web users for a year, according to new leaks
Exactly how long the NSA holds your data for was previously unknown. That is until a new leaked report confirmed that should your Internet data fall within the scope of the NSA's massive data collection dragnet, the intelligence agency will hold it for up to a year. According to the media reports, the protocol was to allow the U.S. government to find information on people who may be innocent today, but may become criminal suspects later.
- Read more: NSA stores metadata on innocent web users for a year, according to new leaks (ZDNet)
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Source: The Guardian