Media accidentally reveal some NSA secrets

Feb 9, 2014

Media accidentally reveal some NSA secrets

by Raphael Satter

News organizations publishing leaked National Security Agency documents have inadvertently disclosed the names of at least six intelligence workers and other government secrets they never intended to give away, a review has found. The accidental disclosures illustrate the risks attending even well-intentioned, public-interest reporting ...

NSA gets under 30 percent of Americans' phone data: reports

Feb 8, 2014

NSA gets under 30 percent of Americans' phone data: reports

The National Security Agency collects less than 30 percent of Americans’ calling data despite the agency’s massive daily efforts to sweep up the bulk of U.S. phone records, two U.S. newspapers reported Friday. Citing anonymous officials and sources, The Washington Post and The Wall ...

Feb 4, 2014

Internet firms release NSA spy requests

Freed by a recent legal deal with government lawyers, major technology firms released data Monday on how often they are ordered to turn over customer information for secret national security investigations, showing that the government collected data on thousands of Americans. The publications by ...

Canadian spy agency tracked citizens' travels via airport Wi-Fi: Snowden

Feb 1, 2014

Canadian spy agency tracked citizens' travels via airport Wi-Fi: Snowden

A secret document leaked by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden shows Canada’s electronic spy agency used information gleaned from a free internet service at a Canadian airport to track the wireless devices of thousands of airline passengers. The report indicates the Communications ...

Jan 28, 2014

Privacy trumps security in U.S.: poll

Most Americans are unimpressed with President Barack Obama’s efforts to restore trust in government in the wake of disclosures about secret surveillance programs that swept up the phone records of hundreds of millions in the United States. And Americans are increasingly placing personal privacy ...

U.S. spy agencies scour smartphone apps for personal data: report

Jan 28, 2014

U.S. spy agencies scour smartphone apps for personal data: report

Documents leaked by former NSA contactor Edward Snowden suggest that spy agencies have a powerful ally in Angry Birds and a host of other apps installed on smartphones across the globe. The documents, published Monday by The New York Times, The Guardian, and ProPublica, ...

Internet firms, U.S. government reach deal on customer data disclosure

Jan 28, 2014

Internet firms, U.S. government reach deal on customer data disclosure

The U.S. government and leading Internet companies Monday announced a compromise that will allow those companies to reveal more information about how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government in national security investigations. The Justice Department reached agreements with ...

U.S. quietly working to prevent spying on its own surveillance

Jan 28, 2014

U.S. quietly working to prevent spying on its own surveillance

The U.S. government is looking at ways to prevent anyone from spying on its own surveillance of Americans’ phone records. As the administration of President Barack Obama considers shifting the collection of those records from the National Security Agency to requiring that they be ...

Navy admiral heir apparent to take reins of NSA

Jan 28, 2014

Navy admiral heir apparent to take reins of NSA

A U.S. Navy admiral is the apparent choice to be the next chief of the troubled National Security Agency, which was rocked by former analyst Edward Snowden’s disclosures of its secret surveillance programs that collect phone and Internet data around the world and now ...

NSA's acts worry early digital spies

Jan 24, 2014

NSA's acts worry early digital spies

Former U.S. prosecutor Eric Friedberg conducted the first court-approved email wiretap nearly 20 years ago while investigating an international conspiracy to sell fraudulent cellphones. “It was entirely novel. Even email was new,” he said. “CompuServe, the provider, had no way to comply. They had ...

U.S. government panel urges end to phone data spying

Jan 24, 2014

U.S. government panel urges end to phone data spying

A government review panel warned Thursday that the National Security Agency’s daily collection of Americans’ phone records is illegal and recommended that President Barack Obama abandon the program and destroy the hundreds of millions of phone records it has already collected. The recommendations by ...

| Jan 21, 2014

Snowden could use trial to showcase spy claims

Should Edward Snowden ever return to the U.S., he will face criminal charges for leaking information about National Security Agency surveillance programs. But legal experts say a trial could expose more classified information as his lawyers try to build a case in an open ...