| Jun 4, 2015

U.S. spying under spotlight with new surveillance law

The surveillance law enacted this week stands as the most significant curb on the U.S. government’s investigative authorities since the 1970s. But it is practically inconsequential in the universe of the National Security Agency’s vast digital spying operations, a technical overhaul of a marginal ...

NSA surveillance powers lapse after no deal in Senate

Jun 1, 2015

NSA surveillance powers lapse after no deal in Senate

Three U.S. spy programs aimed at stopping terrorists expired early Monday amid a standoff among Senate Republicans over legislation to renew them. For the first time since soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, intelligence and law enforcement agencies can’t initiate the use ...

Controversial post-9/11 surveillance laws set to expire

| May 31, 2015

Controversial post-9/11 surveillance laws set to expire

by Ken Dilanian

Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against suspected spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday. Obama administration officials say their expiration will make Americans less secure. But civil liberties activists counter by saying ...

May 23, 2015

Senate blocks bill that would end U.S. bulk data collection

The U.S. Senate rejected legislation early Saturday aimed at reforming National Security Agency intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records. The House of Representatives passed the measure overwhelmingly last week, with ...

Spy claims expose cracks in Merkel's coalition

May 6, 2015

Spy claims expose cracks in Merkel's coalition

A widening scandal over claims that Germany helped the U.S. spy on European targets triggered tensions in Angela Merkel’s coalition Tuesday, which analysts said could potentially prove dangerous for the “untouchable” chancellor. Pressure has mounted over reports that Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency snooped ...

Film about ex-U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden set for Christmas release

Feb 21, 2015

Film about ex-U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden set for Christmas release

Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone’s big-screen dramatization of U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s mass surveillance revelations will be released Dec. 25, distributor Open Road Films said Friday. “Snowden” will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the former spy agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. ...

Feb 13, 2015

Obama to encourage companies to share cyberthreat data

President Barack Obama is set to sign an executive order on Friday aimed at encouraging companies to share more information about cybersecurity threats with the government and each other, a response to attacks like that on Sony Entertainment. The order sets the stage for ...

Tweaks, but little change to surveillance system Snowden revealed

Feb 4, 2015

Tweaks, but little change to surveillance system Snowden revealed

The Obama administration has announced a series of modest changes in the use of private data collected for intelligence purposes, a move that underscores how little the Edward Snowden revelations have impeded the National Security Agency’s exploitation of global Internet communications. Eighteen months after ...

Jan 29, 2015

Canada spying on global downloads: report

Canada’s electronic spy agency has been intercepting and analyzing data on up to 15 million file downloads daily as part of a global surveillance program, according to a report published on Wednesday. Critics said the revelations, made in 2012 documents obtained by former U.S. ...