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December 2, 2013
Australian government willing to share uncensored citizen data
The Australian Signals Directorate — or Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), as it was known in 2008 — was said to be able to share "bulk, unselected, un-minimised metadata, as long as there is no intent to target an Australian national — unintentional collection is not viewed as a significant issue".
This metadata was handed to other governments of the "Five Eyes" group — the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and New Zealand.
The Australian government recorded 183,099 authorisations from government departments to access metadata from Australian telecommunications companies. In 2011-12, authorisations for metadata access rose to 293,501.
- Read more: Australian government willing to share uncensored citizen data (ZDNet)
Source: The Guardian
December 3, 2013
Guardian newspaper may face U.K. terror charges over Snowden leaks
The editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, was summoned to give testimony to a U.K. parliamentary committee in early December.
Aside from the questioning, British police are looking to see whether or not the London-based newspaper broke any laws in regards to the detention of then-Guardian columnist's Glenn Greenwald's partner, David Miranda, earlier this year.
Rusbridger also told lawmakers under oath that the paper had published only 1 percent of the total cache of leaked documents provided by Snowden.
- Read more: British news staff may face terrorism charges over Snowden leaks (Reuters)
Image: BBC Parliament (live stream)
December 4, 2013
NSA collects 5 billion cell location records a day
The U.S. National Security Agency is gathering close to 5 billion records a day on cellular devices around the world, allowing the agency to track individual's movements.
New leaks provided to The Washington Post, the records flow into a vast database that can store the location of "at least hundreds of millions of devices," according to the documents.
The NSA is understood to keep about 1 percent of the records — some 27 terabytes, according to the documents.
- Read more: NSA collects 5 billion cell location records a day, Snowden leaks say (ZDNet)
Image: The Washington Post