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EFF lays out NSA data collection issues with demand for investigation

EFF lays out NSA data collection issues with demand for investigation

Two new top-secret documents related to PRISM and NSA data collection were published yesterday by The Guardian. Detailed within the documents are various stipulations and requirements related to the data collection as it relates to US persons. On the surface, such information is mildly reassuring, but a thoughtful examination illuminates several red-flag issues, which the EFF has highlighted with a demand for an independent investigation into the matter.

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Two leaked top secret documents show NSA data collection playbook

Two leaked top secret documents show NSA data collection playbook

Amidst the myriad of PRISM and FISA-related data collection leaks, rumors, denouncements, and sources, it was mentioned that the security agency takes steps to avoid collecting any more information on US citizens than necessary, something that has been expounded on today with two leaked top-secret documents. The documents were sent to The Guardian, which published them whole.

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Skype Project Chess allegedly explored NSA access ahead of Microsoft buy

Skype Project Chess allegedly explored NSA access ahead of Microsoft buy

Skype allegedly developed a clandestine program dubbed Project Chass that investigated potential ways to increase government and law enforcement access to its VoIP calling service, years in advance of Microsoft's acquisition in 2011. Project Chess was formed while Skype had "sometimes contentious talks with the government over legal issues," insiders tell the NYTimes, with knowledge of the program limited to under a dozen within the firm.

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Apple denies PRISM backdoor: iMessage end-to-end encrypted

Apple denies PRISM backdoor: iMessage end-to-end encrypted

Apple has released a public statement on the NSA PRISM surveillance program, denying any backdoor server access for government agencies, and revealing just how many court orders for data disclosures it has seen in recent months. Between December 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013, Apple received as many as 5,000 requests from US law enforcement for data on Apple customers, the Cupertino firm said, covering between 9,000 and 10,000 accounts or devices. However, Apple points out, the most frequent reason wasn't counterterrorism, as you might expect.

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SlashGear 101: PRISM, FISA, and the modern NSA

SlashGear 101: PRISM, FISA, and the modern NSA

Since the beginning of June, the public has been privy to an ever-expanding flower of information springing from the NSA tagged with the code name PRISM. This keyword is attached to a program that whistleblower Edward Snowden is said to have been the sole leaker of for reports leading to the Guardian story on the GCHQ and the Washington Post story on the NSA. What lies beneath is a story on the expanding abilities of the NSA beyond their original bounds in international surveillance.

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PRISM revelations continue: Microsoft bug access and court order workarounds

PRISM revelations continue: Microsoft bug access and court order workarounds

Fresh revelations about the NSA's PRISM surveillance program continue to emerge, with Microsoft admitting it pre-notifies the government about potential bugs and backdoors in software before they're patched, while lawmakers confirmed the security agency does not need a court order to sift through call data culled from Verizon and other carriers. Seemingly confirming the suggestions of one US House representative briefed on the NSA programs this week that the original PRISM leaks by Edward Snowden were merely "the tip of the iceberg", the new information underscores just how much access the government has to data many would assume is private.

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NSA’s PRISM “tip of the iceberg” warns lawmaker “astounded” by spying

NSA’s PRISM “tip of the iceberg” warns lawmaker “astounded” by spying

Surveillance programs like the NSA's PRISM are "the tip of the iceberg" a US House representative has admitted, claiming she and her fellow lawmakers were "astounded" by the extent of the monitoring when it was explained in a confidential briefing. Representative Loretta Sanchez, a Californian democrat, was one of a number of people told "significantly more" by the National Security Agency about counterterrorism strategy underway in the US at present, The Hill reports, subsequently telling media that even the controversial leaks so far have only grazed what is actually happening.

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Google requests permission to publish FISA requests in Transparency Report

Google requests permission to publish FISA requests in Transparency Report

In case you've somehow missed all the hoopla, the Internet has been in various states of uproar over PRISM and the allegations that several major companies give the government unrestricted access to their servers. Apple, Google, and others have been vocal about such statements, saying they are not true, but that has not stymied the uproar. As such, Google has formally requested permission to reveal FISA requests in its Transparency Report.

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EFF, Mozilla, Reddit send open letter to Congress over NSA spying

EFF, Mozilla, Reddit send open letter to Congress over NSA spying

The National Security Agency has been on thin ice with the general public lately when whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the US government was spying on American citizens by secretly recording phone calls and tracking users' online activity with the alleged help from big internet companies like Google and Facebook. Because of this, 86 civil liberties groups have banded together to urge Congress to put an end to NSA spying.

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Operation “Troll the NSA” seeks to jam the agency with nonsense

Operation “Troll the NSA” seeks to jam the agency with nonsense

The Obama administration and NSA have been under extreme public fire lately after a report by The Washington Post revealed a project called PRISM, which snowballed into a variety of other leaks and such that revealed what we already knew: the government is spying on Internet users. In retaliation, an Internet trolling operation has been kicked off called "Troll the NSA," which is encouraging Internet users to email and/or call a pre-written script loaded with trigger words.

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