Apr 30, 2016

U.S. spy court rejected zero surveillance orders in 2015

The secretive U.S. Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court did not deny a single government request in 2015 for electronic surveillance orders for foreign intelligence purposes, continuing a long-standing trend, a Justice Department document showed. The court received 1,457 requests last year on behalf of the ...

Apr 7, 2016

White House declines to support encryption legislation: sources

The White House is declining to offer public support for draft legislation that would empower judges to require technology companies such as Apple Inc. to help law enforcement crack encrypted data, sources familiar with the discussions said. The decision all but assures that the ...

Jan 29, 2016

Congress to probe whether NSA back door led to Juniper hacking

A U.S. congressional probe into the impact of a hack of Juniper Networks Inc software will examine the possibility that it was initially altered at the behest of the National Security Agency, a lawmaker said in an interview on Thursday. The House Committee on ...

Dec 30, 2015

U.S. spying reportedly included Israeli phone calls with U.S. lawmakers

The U.S. National Security Agency’s foreign eavesdropping included phone conversations between top Israeli officials and U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing current and former U.S. officials. White House officials believed the intercepted information could be valuable to ...

Nov 13, 2015

NSA says it 'usually' discloses software vulnerabilities

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The U.S. National Security Agency, seeking to rebut accusations that it hoards information about software vulnerabilities and leaves U.S. companies open to cyberattacks, said last week that it tells U.S. technology firms about the most serious flaws it finds more than 90 percent of ...

Microsoft agrees to store customer data in privacy-minded Germany

Nov 13, 2015

Microsoft agrees to store customer data in privacy-minded Germany

U.S. tech giant Microsoft is setting up centers to keep customer data in Germany, following a series of U.S. surveillance scandals that have alarmed Europeans. Deutsche Telekom will serve as “custodian” for Microsoft’s cloud-based services in Germany and keep data on its home turf, ...

Oct 25, 2015

Judge dismisses Wikimedia lawsuit over NSA surveillance — report

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Wikimedia and other groups challenging one of the U.S. National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs, the Baltimore Sun reported. The newspaper said Judge T.S. Ellis III on Friday dismissed the suit filed in March over what ...