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Blackphone hands-on: high-end cost for NSA-era privacy

Blackphone hands-on: high-end cost for NSA-era privacy

If you’re looking for mid-tier scrimping while you’re also in the market for total and complete privacy in all things you do online, you might want to look somewhere else. Blackphone does the latter - or suggests that it’s entirely private and secure, but it’ll cost you. Right out of the box, software aside, this device works with specifications that might also throw you for a loop - in a good way.

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AT&T DOJ transparency report shows 300k+ government data demands

AT&T DOJ transparency report shows 300k+ government data demands

It’s AT&T up next with their transparency report regarding the United States Department of Justice and the amount of demands they’ve been sent over the past year. These demands are of several different varieties, one category for National Security, another for U.S. Criminal & Civil Litigation Demands. While National Security demands are still stuck in the stacks between zero and nine-hundred and ninety-nine, localized crime searching is a bit more specific.

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Snowden pilfered coworker’s password to access data

Snowden pilfered coworker’s password to access data

Edward Snowden's breach of NSA data prompted a sweeping internal investigation into how he managed to pull off his mission. According to an agency memo acquired by the folks at NBC News, Snowden managed to access some of the data in part by stealing one of his coworker's passwords. That coworker has since been stripped of his security clearance and has resigned.

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The Day We Fight Back: Google, Reddit & more demand internet freedom

The Day We Fight Back: Google, Reddit & more demand internet freedom

Today's the day: The Day We Fight Back against mass surveillance. That's the message from the EFF, Free Press, Demand Progress, and other organizations fighting against the NSA's data collection powers, with Google the latest company to weigh in with its support in demanding government reform and that the US Congress pass the USA Freedom Act.

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Obama’s NSA surveillance limits enforced (but are they even listening?)

Obama’s NSA surveillance limits enforced (but are they even listening?)

The first stages of President Obama's overhaul of NSA data collection have gone into action, placing limits on how easy it is for security services to monitor individuals, though new insider claims suggest only a fraction of the surveillance believed to be underway was actually taking place. For a start, if the NSA requires phone records, it must now get Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) approval on each occasion, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper writes.

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Google Transparency Report shows FISA data in very, very basic terms

Google Transparency Report shows FISA data in very, very basic terms

In August of 2013, Google and Microsoft sued the United States government for the ability to be more transparent with data requests made with FISA, also known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. As of January 27th, 2014, the government has loosened the reigns, if only a tiny, tiny amount. This week Google is releasing, for the first time, their report on government requests that have to do with this department specifically.

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Snowden Nobel Peace Prize nomination up for “stable and peaceful world order”

Snowden Nobel Peace Prize nomination up for “stable and peaceful world order”

This week it's been made clear that two members of Norway's Socialist Left Party intend on adding Edward Snowden to their shortlist for possible recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize - nominating him, that is. While the nomination certainly makes sense given the aim of award itself, critics on both sides have begun to set in for this NSA leakster, gainer of one massive amount of publicity over these past 12 months.

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Gov loosens data grip, tech companies given go-ahead for better transparency

Gov loosens data grip, tech companies given go-ahead for better transparency

As NSA-related news continued to surface, consumers demanded transparency and tech companies felt the heat. Bound on one end by the government and hounded on the other by users, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and similar formed a coalition to reform government surveillance, all the while seeking permission to increase the numbers it is allowed to publish. A legal battle was ignited, and today the Department of Justice announced a settlement of sorts.

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NSA received demonstration on real-time Internet spying from UK’s GCHQ

NSA received demonstration on real-time Internet spying from UK’s GCHQ

NBC News has released some new information from documents it acquired via Edward Snowden, the media company has announced. According to the documents, which NBC has largely made available on its website, the NSA received a demonstration on real-time spying of Internet traffic via the United Kingdom's GCHQ spy agency, specifically a division called Global Telecoms Exploitation.

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Angry Birds NSA sharing strongly denied by Rovio

Angry Birds NSA sharing strongly denied by Rovio

Upon hearing that they were the latest subject in the seemingly never-ending strand of suggestions for NSA entry points into your daily life, Rovio has suggested that they've had nothing to do with Angry Birds user-data insecurities. Rovio has gone so far as to point their finger, instead, at third party advertising networks. It's through them, they say, that it's possible Angry Birds user data has been pushed.

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DOJ statement: public interest outweighs security concerns

DOJ statement: public interest outweighs security concerns

In accordance with orders sent out earlier this month by the President of the United States on intelligence reforms, the US Department of Justice has begun "acting to allow" more transparency in a number of areas. The number of "national security orders and requests" sent to communications providers as well as the number of customer accounts that that are targeted will be part of this set of "more detailed disclosures."

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Angry Birds and other “leaky” apps used by NSA to grab user data

Angry Birds and other “leaky” apps used by NSA to grab user data

The NSA likes it when mobile users download so-called "leaky" apps, a new report by The Guardian reveals. The reason? These apps, with Angry Birds being specified among them, allows the intelligence agency to gather pieces of information on users, such as phone information and location. The same method is reportedly being used by the United Kingdom's GCHQ spy agency.

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