Yesterday saw the publication of the Intelligence and Security Committee report into the events leading up to the murder of Lee Rigby. On reading it, one gets a sense of naivety from the members of the committee on how the Internet works, particularly when it comes to international jurisdictions. (Communications data is p139 onwards) Notably,
Trevor Timm: The facts that we know so far - from Fisa court documents to LOVEINT - show that the NSA has overstepped its powers
There's been plenty of commentary concerning the latest NSA leak concerning its FISA court-approved "rules" for when it can keep data, and when it needs to delete it. As many of you pointed out in the comments to that piece -- and many...
Yes, your credit card and phone companies have access to some personal data. But they have your permission
The freaky Dark Side of the Moon-style design looks like something a Bond villain would use - but it does sum up the surveillance program pretty neatly
2013/06/07: Everything you need to know about data gathering from internet companies by the US National Security Agency
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's seizure of millions of phone Verizon phone records under a secret court order is "alarming" and "beyond Orwellia...
Today I joined a group of twenty computer scientists in issuing a report criticizing an FBI plan to require makers of secure communication tools to redesign their systems to make wiretapping easy. We argue that the plan would endanger the security of U.S. users and the competitiveness of U.S. companies, without making it much harder for criminals to evade wiretaps.
The FBI wants a new law that will make it easier to wiretap the Internet. Although its claim is that the new law will only maintain the status quo, it's really much worse than that. This law will result in less-secure Internet products and create a foreign industry in more-secure alternatives. It will impose costly burdens on affected companies. It will assist totalitarian governments in spying on their own citizens. And it won't do much to hinder actual criminals and terrorists.
Secure tapping mechanism ready; sequel to Radia tape leak
The FBI has denied a request for the release of information regarding its use of Carrier IQ's software, saying that releasing such information could interfere with ongoing law enforcement operations.
Alongside an update to its public records about government requests for user information, Google this morning announced that it would begin disclosing not just the number of requests governments worldwide are making for user data, but the number of individual users affected by those requests.