Google ... added: "We await the US government's response to our petition to publish more national security request data, which will show that our compliance with American national security laws falls far short of the wild claims still being made in the press today."
And we get all these allegations of what they could be doing [abuse]. But when people check, like the intelligence committee, they found zero times that's happened. That's no bullshit. Those are facts. (Applause.)
Exclusive: UK’s secret Mid-East internet surveillance base is revealed in Edward Snowden leaks
The Independent is not revealing the precise location of the station but information on its activities was contained in the leaked documents obtained from the NSA by Edward Snowden.
Police affidavits related to the raid on Kim Dotcom's Mega mansion appear to show that New Zealand police and spy agencies are able to tap directly into United States surveillance systems such as PRISM to capture email and other traffic.
"My life's an open book," people might say. "I've got nothing to hide." But now the government has large dossiers of everyone's activities, interests, reading habits, finances, and health. What if the government leaks the information to the public? What if the government mistakenly determines that based on your pattern of activities, you're likely to engage in a criminal act? What if it denies you the right to fly? What if the government thinks your financial transactions look odd—even if you've done nothing wrong—and freezes your accounts? What if the government doesn't protect your information with adequate security, and an identity thief obtains it and uses it to defraud you? Even if you have nothing to hide, the government can cause you a lot of harm.
The practice isn’t frequent — one official estimated a handful of cases in the last decade — but it’s common enough to garner its own spycraft label: LOVEINT.
The LOVEINT violations involved overseas communications, officials said, such as spying on a partner or spouse. In each instance, the employee was punished either with an administrative action or termination.
Most of the incidents, officials said, were self-reported. Such admissions can arise, for example, when an employee takes a polygraph tests as part of a renewal of a security clearance.
"Congress enacted the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) in October 1994 and authorized $500 million to reimburse telecommunications carriers (carriers) for certain eligible costs associated with implementing CALEA capability and capacity requirements to facilitate law enforcement's electronic surveillance."
Reviewing my statement, it seems I shouldn't have said he, since Google is the source of the statements that were later revealed false. But it remains, even if the statement made was untrue for legal reasons, it is still untrue. With "National Security Letters" flying around requiring people to not speak out about the extent they've been forced to cooperate with these agencies, who knows what else Google has been made to say, or not?
In at least two important ways, the standard that must be met under §§ 703 and 704 before the FISC will issue an order authorizing an acquisition is less stringent than the standard that has been traditionally required under FISA.
First, FISA traditionally required an application to identify the facilities that will be searched or subject to electronic surveillance, and to demonstrate that those facilities are being used, or are about to be used, by the target. Second, FISA traditionally only permitted U.S. persons to be targeted if they are also linked to international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities. Neither of these is required under §§ 703 or 704.
The U.S. National Security Agency has bugged the United Nations' New York headquarters, Germany's Der Spiegel weekly said on Sunday ...
Internal files also show the NSA spied on the EU legation in New York ...
According to the documents, the NSA runs a bugging programme in more than 80 embassies and consulates worldwide ....
... Yesterday, Amazon became the fourth major cloud storage provider to go dark in a week – with a sudden outage that killed its site and thousands that rely on its services. Other casualties of the curious cloud bursting include Google (both its main search page and services including Drive and Gmail), Microsoft (Outlook.com, its cloud email service was down for many users for days) and The New York Times.
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