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October 17, 2013
NSA director Keith Alexander to stand down
Just four months after the surveillance scandal broke in June, the NSA announced its director Gen. Keith Alexander would leave the agency and his deputy John Inglis will retire. However, the agency was keep to stress that Alexander's departure had nothing to do with the recent media attention over allegations that the NSA was engaged in unlawfully spying on U.S. and foreign citizens.
- Read more: NSA director Keith Alexander to stand down (ZDNet)
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October 21, 2013
NSA reportedly spied on Mexican President's emails
Next in line to face the NSA's snooping powers is Mexico's president Felipe Calderon, whose email account was reportedly breached by the U.S. government.
The NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division was successful in compromising an email server within the Mexican presidential network. Cabinet members were also reportedly affected by the breach. The NSA said in the slides it now has access to "diplomatic, economic, and leadership communications.
- Read more: NSA reportedly spied on Mexican President's emails (ZDNet)
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Source: Der Spiegel
October 21, 2013
EU lawmakers OK beefing up data protection laws
European Parliament members approved new data protection rules that outlaw data transfers to the U.S. that could be used for surveillance purposes. After 18 months of lobbying and negotiations, the Civil Liberties Committee voted almost unanimously to adopt the motion.
The rules will replace outdated legislation that has been in effect for more than 15 years, and not protected against unlawful third-country transfers of European citizen data.
- Read more: EU lawmakers OK beefing up data protection laws (CBS News)
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