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October 4, 2013
U.S. gov't argues tech companies should not be allowed to report data request figures
Amid the ongoing battle of words between the U.S. government and the Silicon Valley giants, the latest round saw the Justice Dept. claim in a filing with the secretive FISA court that technology firms should not be allowed to disclose how many requests it makes to technology companies holding user data.
It argued that the decision to classify requests made under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) would "undermine the secrecy of the surveillance."
- Read more: U.S. gov't argues tech companies should not be allowed to report data request figures (ZDNet)
Image: Dept. of Justice
October 7, 2013
Australian government briefed on PRISM before Snowden leaks
More from the Five Eyes: this time Australia. Documents released under the country's Freedom of Information laws show that the Australian Attorney-General prepared a briefing for the minister on the secret NSA spying program PRISM more than two months before information about the program was leaked in June.
Image: Australian Government
October 11, 2013
Skype faces fines in Luxembourg probe over NSA links
Luxembourg-based Skype, which was implicated in the PRISM surveillance scandal, is under investigation by the country's data protection officials over its connections to the U.S. intelligence agency.
The Microsoft-owned company could face administrative and criminal sanctions in the country, which may include a ban on secretly handing data over to the U.S. government. That is, however, unless it is uncovered that Luxembourg's judiciary didn't sanction it in the first place.
- Read more: Skype faces fines in Luxembourg probe over NSA links (…only if the courts didn't sanction it first) (ZDNet)
Source: The Guardian