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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
October 2, 2013
NSA ran secret test on tracking Americans' cell phones
The NSA, not content with its ever-expanding surveillance capabilities, was reportedly "testing" location tracking. The news came not from the Snowden leaks, but the U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Clapper described the test: "In 2010 and 2011 NSA received samples [of location data] in order to test the ability of its systems to handle the data format, but that data was not used for any other purpose and was never available for intelligence analysis purposes." But the NSA hadn't yet sought approval from the FISA court. That, he said, would come later.
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