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Lauren Walker / Newsweek:
NSA says it will stop accessing historical metadata collected under Section 215 of the Patriot Act on Nov. 29   —  NSA to Stop Accessing ‘Historical Metadata’ on Nov. 29  —  On November 29, 2015, the National Security Agency (NSA) will stop accessing “historical metadata” …
Jul 27, 2015, 5:00 PMIn context
The Intercept:
NSA and GCHQ have tried since at least 2008 to reverse-engineer antivirus software like Kaspersky, monitored company emails for new malware they could use   —  Popular Security Software Came Under Relentless NSA and GCHQ Attacks  —  The National Security Agency and its British counterpart …
Jun 22, 2015, 11:55 AMIn context
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Obama signs USA Freedom Act into law, surveillance measures of Patriot Act now resume   —  Let the snooping resume: Senate revives Patriot Act surveillance measures  —  Lawmakers approve a variation of the phone-records spy program Snowden revealed.  —  The Senate on Tuesday revived three …
Jun 3, 2015, 9:25 AMIn context
Guardian:
Senate advances USA Freedom Act, but vote on bill likely won't come for several days, causing temporary shutdown of some Patriot Act powers   —  Patriot Act powers to lapse at midnight as Senate fails to agree on NSA reform  —  Surveillance hawks concede defeat as Rand Paul forces shutdown …
May 31, 2015, 8:05 PMIn context
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
May 22, 2015, 3:35 PMIn context
CBC News:
US, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand planned to hijack Google and Samsung app stores to implant spyware on smartphones   —  Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware  —  Users of millions of smartphones put at risk by certain mobile browser gaps, Snowden file shows
May 21, 2015, 9:20 AMIn context
Pew Internet:
Pew Report: 69% of US adults are not confident social networks will keep their data private and secure   —  Americans' Attitudes About Privacy, Security and Surveillance  —  The cascade of reports following the June 2013 government surveillance revelations by NSA contractor Edward Snowden …
May 21, 2015, 12:30 AMIn context
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Google Confirms Cops Can Wiretap Your Hangouts   —  In the wake of all the Edward Snowden revelations, a seemingly endless series of encryption apps, all promising some degree “NSA-proof” security, have come out trying to take advantage of this new anti-surveillance business opportunity.
May 12, 2015, 10:30 AMIn context
Dan Froomkin / The Intercept:
NSA had broadly deployed technology to convert spoken words from phone calls into searchable text by 2006, Snowden documents reveal   —  How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text  —  Most people realize that emails and other digital communications they once considered private can now become part of their permanent record.
May 5, 2015, 10:00 PMIn context
Benjamin Brake / Foreign Affairs:
Governments can better mitigate risk from the burgeoning surveillance software industry with bug bounties, not export controls   —  The Bug Trade … Since Apple and Google announced last year that they would encrypt mobile user data by default, senior Western officials have denounced …
Apr 27, 2015, 6:00 AMIn context

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