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  • NSA, FBI Operation PRISM Tapped Into Nine Internet Companies

    06/06/2013 4:44:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 6, 2013 | Bidget Johnson
    Since the Guardian story about the NSA seizure of the Verizon phone records of millions of Americans dropped last night, the administration and its allies have been asserting that privacy wasn’t invaded because intelligence agencies didn’t listen in on those calls. “The order reprinted overnight does not allow the government to listen in on anyone’s telephone calls. The information acquired does not include the content of any communications or the name of any subscriber. It relates exclusively to call details, such as a telephone number or the length of a telephone call,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard...
  • U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance

    05/01/2013 10:27:04 AM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    CNET ^ | 24 April 2013 | Declan McCullagh
    Justice Department agreed to issue "2511 letters" immunizing AT&T and other companies participating in a cybersecurity program from criminal prosecution under the Wiretap Act, according to new documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Senior Obama administration officials have secretly authorized the interception of communications carried on portions of networks operated by AT&T and other Internet service providers, a practice that might otherwise be illegal under federal wiretapping laws. The secret legal authorization from the Justice Department originally applied to a cybersecurity pilot project in which the military monitored defense contractors' Internet links. Since then, however, the program has...
  • Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm

    02/13/2013 12:10:27 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2-10-13 | Ryan Gallagher
    Exclusive: Raytheon's Riot program mines social network data like a 'Google for spies', drawing ire from civil rights groups A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people's movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social networking websites. A video obtained by the Guardian reveals how an "extreme-scale analytics" system created by Raytheon, the world's fifth largest defence contractor, can gather vast amounts of information about people from websites including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. Raytheon says it has not sold the software – named Riot, or Rapid Information Overlay Technology – to any clients. But...
  • Internet activity 'to be monitored' under new laws

    04/01/2012 11:16:52 AM PDT · by null and void · 25 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1:07PM BST 01 Apr 2012
    Ministers are preparing a major expansion of the Government's powers to monitor the email exchanges and website visits of every person in the UK, it was reported today. Under legislation expected in next month's Queen's Speech, internet companies will be instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ – the Government's electronic "listening" agency – to examine "on demand" any phone call made, text message and email sent, and website However ministers believe it is essential that the police and security services have access to such communications data in order to tackle terrorism and protect the public. Although GCHQ would not be...