Posts tagged as: NSA

U.S. Intel Directors Warn Against Using Huawei, ZTE Phones

Intelligence agency leaders have suggested that U.S. consumers not buy phones from Huawei or ZTE, according to a report from CNBC. The six intelligence chiefs, including the heads of the CIA, FBI, NSA, and the director of national intelligence made the remarks at a recent security hearing. “We’re deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any […]

Obama Will Not Pardon Snowden

Days before he is expected to pardon two turkeys from Iowa, President Obama said he cannot do the same for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. During an interview on Friday with German weekly Der Spiegel, the commander in chief said he “can’t pardon somebody who hasn’t gone before a court and presented themselves.” By all accounts, […]

Rep. Ted Lieu Calls on FCC To Expedite SS7 Investigation

U.S. Representative Ted W. Lieu, from the 33rd District of California, called on the FCC to expedite the investigation it started on the Signaling System Seven (SS7) earlier this this April. The call comes after recent reports of alleged Russian hacking of members of the U.S. Congress. The reported hack exposed the phone numbers of […]

NSA Ceases Collecting Phone Data in Bulk

The National Security Agency is no longer sucking in all the data generated by Americans’ phone calls. The NSA was required to shut down its surveillance program by the end of the day Nov. 28. The program, first brought to light by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, allowed the agency to collect phone call metadata […]

AT&T Is “Highly Collaborative” Partner in NSA Spying

AT&T is being called a “highly collaborative” partner of the NSA, and showed the government agency an “extreme willingness to help” spy on Americans, suggests a new report published by the New York Times. The Times based its report on documents supplied by Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who first revealed the government’s mass-scale […]

NSA Given Permission to Spy On Calls Again

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court this week gave the NSA permission to resume spying on Americans’ phone calls for a period of 180 days. In June, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act, which put an end to the bulk phone data collection. However, there was a provision in the act that allowed the program to […]

Senate Passes USA Freedom Act

The Senate has passed the USA Freedom Act, which moves to curtail how the NSA collects and stores American call records. The Patriot Act expired on Sunday and with it the NSA’s authority to collect call records en masse. Under the USA Freedom Act, telephone companies will now hold all call records for a period […]

Patriot Act Expires – NSA Phone Data Collection Ends as Well

The Patriot Act expired today and with it the NSA‘s authority to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk. Members of the Senate deliberated over the Act furiously on Sunday as some wanted to extend its powers and others wanted to kill it altogether. Though the broader Act has lapsed, the Senate will likely revitalize some […]

House Passes The USA Freedom Act to Limit NSA Phone Data Collection

The House of Representatives today passed the USA Freedom Act, meant to prevent the NSA from collecting Americans’ phone records, with a vote of 338 to 88. The NSA has been collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk since late 2001 under the auspices of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act stands to […]

Second Circuit Court Rules NSA Metadata Collection Exceeds Scope of Patriot Act

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has been handed a defeat in appeals court. A three-judge panel in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that the NSA phone records collection “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized” in Section 215 of the Patriot Act. However, the denial of a motion […]

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