Mass surveillance http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/35991/all en US Supreme Court rejects electronic eavesdropping case http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/us-supreme-court-rejects-electronic-eavesdropping-case <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The US Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked a lawsuit brought by human rights groups and others challenging a US government electronic surveillance program set up after the September 11, 2001 attacks.</p> <p>In a 5-4 ruling the justices said the plaintiffs -- which include Amnesty International USA and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) -- had no legal standing to bring the case because they could not prove that they personally suffered from the government program.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/us-supreme-court-rejects-electronic-eavesdropping-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Law Mass surveillance National security Politics Privacy of telecommunications AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 19:31:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5767648 at http://www.globalpost.com US surveillance leaker 'not afraid' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130609/us-surveillance-leaker-not-afraid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The 29-year-old government contractor who turned whistleblower to reveal vast US surveillance programs says he is not afraid, despite the intelligence authorities' threat to hunt him down.</p> <p>In footage shot by The Guardian newspaper, Edward Snowden said he packed his bags for Hong Kong three weeks ago, leaving behind a "very comfortable life" in Hawaii, a salary of $200,000, a girlfriend, a stable career and a loving family.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130609/us-surveillance-leaker-not-afraid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Edward Snowden Labor Law Mass surveillance Spies Surveillance Technology AFP Sun, 09 Jun 2013 20:30:56 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5853797 at http://www.globalpost.com Former CIA employee says he leaked information on NSA program http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130610/former-cia-employee-says-he-leaked-information-nsa-program <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Washington, Jun 10 (EFE).- Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee and National Security Agency, or NSA, contractor, revealed over the weekend that he provided information to journalists about a top secret U.S. spying program.</p> <p>Snowden said in an interview published Sunday in The Washington Post that he planned to seek asylum in Hong Kong, where he fled.</p> <p>The 29-year-old Snowden revealed that he was a source for Britain's Guardian newspaper and The Washington Post about an NSA data mining program that targeted foreigners suspected of involvement in terrorism.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130610/former-cia-employee-says-he-leaked-information-nsa-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Labor Law Mass surveillance National security Surveillance Agencia EFE Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:36:57 +0000 Agencia EFE 5854293 at http://www.globalpost.com Patriot or traitor, Snowden driven by fear of government intrusion http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130611/patriot-or-traitor-snowden-driven-fear-government-intrusion <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By John Shiffman and Daniel Trotta</p> <p>(Reuters) - Edward Snowden dropped out of high school, tried Army Reserve training but quit after four months, and then became a security guard.</p> <p>Now at age 29, Snowden has become known worldwide as the man responsible for exposing vast surveillance programs by the National Security Agency, one of the most secretive government agencies in the United States.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130611/patriot-or-traitor-snowden-driven-fear-government-intrusion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Education Edward Snowden Environment Health Labor Law Mass surveillance National Security Agency Politics Snowden Technology War Thomson Reuters Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:32:39 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5855038 at http://www.globalpost.com Snowden likely overstepped access at NSA http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130611/snowden-likely-overstepped-access-at-nsa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US authorities are looking into how a low-level IT contractor managed to get hold of top secret documents that are usually accessible to only a small number of insiders, experts say.</p> <p>Edward Snowden's bombshell leaks about National Security Agency spying included an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA), which has kept its documents secret for more than three decades.</p> <p>"It's extraordinarily closely held," said Robert Deitz, who served as general counsel for the National Security Agency and the CIA.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130611/snowden-likely-overstepped-access-at-nsa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Edward Snowden Labor Law Mass surveillance National security Technology United States government secrecy AFP Wed, 12 Jun 2013 01:30:43 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5855831 at http://www.globalpost.com NSA under 'rigorous' oversight, chief says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130612/nsa-under-rigorous-oversight-chief-says-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The head of the US National Security Agency said Wednesday the top-secret unit operates under "strict guidelines" and "rigorous oversight" as he faced lawmakers about revelations of a vast surveillance program.</p> <p>"We operate in a way that ensures we keep the trust of the American people because that trust is a sacred requirement," General Keith Alexander said in prepared testimony. "We do not see a tradeoff between security and liberty."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130612/nsa-under-rigorous-oversight-chief-says-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mass surveillance National security Security Technology AFP Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:33:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5856549 at http://www.globalpost.com NSA chief: surveillance has stopped dozens of potential attacks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130612/nsa-chief-surveillance-has-stopped-dozens-potential-attacks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of the National Security Agency said on Wednesday that recently disclosed top-secret U.S. surveillance programs have helped to prevent "dozens" of potential terrorist events.</p> <p>NSA chief General Keith Alexander made the comments at a Senate hearing when asked if the intelligence community could estimate how much the agency's broad monitoring of phone call and Internet data had helped prevent a terror attack.</p> <p>(Reporting by Deborah Charles; Editing by Sandra Maler)</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> Mass surveillance National security Security Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:33:47 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5856686 at http://www.globalpost.com US surveillance foiled 'dozens' of attacks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130612/us-surveillance-foiled-dozens-attacks-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Secret US surveillance has thwarted dozens of potential attacks, the head of the National Security Agency said Wednesday as he defended his agency after leaks revealed hidden programs.</p> <p>"It's classified, but it's dozens of terrorist events that these have helped prevent," NSA chief General Keith Alexander told lawmakers as he was questioned on the importance of Internet and phone surveillance efforts.</p> <p>mlm-rl/dc</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Mass surveillance National security Security Technology AFP Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:39:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5856714 at http://www.globalpost.com Privacy czar to meet with e-spy watchdog on eavesdropping concerns http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130612/privacy-czar-meet-e-spy-watchdog-eavesdropping-concerns <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - Canada's privacy watchdog plans to meet Thursday with the retired judge who keeps an eye on the national eavesdropping agency.</p> <p>Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says she's concerned that Canadians don't know enough about what Robert Decary does in his role monitoring the Communications Security Establishment.</p> <p>The planned meeting follows accusations that a key CSE ally, the U.S. National Security Agency, has gained wholesale access to the databanks of American Internet giants.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130612/privacy-czar-meet-e-spy-watchdog-eavesdropping-concerns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Ethics Mass surveillance Technology The Canadian Press Wed, 12 Jun 2013 23:32:57 +0000 The Canadian Press 5856801 at http://www.globalpost.com NSA director says surveillance helped stop 'dozens' of attacks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130612/nsa-director-says-surveillance-helped-stop-dozens-attacks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By John Whitesides and Susan Cornwell</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Security Agency said on Wednesday that broad U.S. surveillance efforts had helped stop "dozens" of possible attacks, and the contractor who revealed details of the top-secret programs vowed to fight any effort to bring him back to the United States to face charges.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130612/nsa-director-says-surveillance-helped-stop-dozens-attacks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Labor Law Mass surveillance National security Surveillance Technology War Thomson Reuters Tue, 11 Jun 2013 01:31:07 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5854822 at http://www.globalpost.com Spy sweeps test Obama's rock star status in Europe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130616/spy-sweeps-test-obamas-rock-star-status-europe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Explosive revelations about US phone and Internet surveillance programs will challenge President Barack Obama's popularity and moral authority when he lands in Europe on Monday.</p> <p>Because he was not George W. Bush, who was reviled in much of Europe, and thanks to a magnetic personal story and rise to power, Obama wallowed in hero worship as a candidate in Europe in 2008, and on debut presidential trips.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130616/spy-sweeps-test-obamas-rock-star-status-europe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Barack Obama Barack Obama Business Environment Health Human Interest Mass surveillance Politics Technology United States War AFP Sun, 16 Jun 2013 09:30:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5857900 at http://www.globalpost.com Snowden: More to come on US 'direct access' to Internet data http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130617/snowden-more-come-us-direct-access-internet-data-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden said Monday he will release more details on how he says the National Security Agency can gain direct access to Internet data on private sector servers.</p> <p>"More detail on how direct NSA's accesses are is coming," he said, in an online interview hosted by the Guardian newspaper, repeating his allegation that US federal agents have access to private users' emails and web traffic.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130617/snowden-more-come-us-direct-access-internet-data-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Edward Snowden Mass surveillance National security Surveillance Technology AFP Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:02:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5859201 at http://www.globalpost.com NSA chief: agency programs prevented over 50 potential terrorist acts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130618/nsa-chief-agency-programs-prevented-over-50-potential-terrorist <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Keith Alexander, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on Tuesday that the NSA's data gathering programs had prevented potential terrorist attacks more than 50 times since September 11, 2001.</p> <p>"In recent years these programs, together with other intelligence, have protected the U.S. and our allies from terrorist threats across the globe to include helping prevent ... potential terrorist events over 50 times since 9/11," he said in testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130618/nsa-chief-agency-programs-prevented-over-50-potential-terrorist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mass surveillance National security Surveillance War Thomson Reuters Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:02:49 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5860180 at http://www.globalpost.com NSA chief: U.S. spy program disclosure caused 'irreversible' damage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130618/nsa-chief-us-spy-program-disclosure-caused-irreversible-damage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The public disclosure of U.S. intelligence surveillance programs caused "irreversible" damage to national security and helped America's enemies, the head of the National Security Agency said on Tuesday.</p> <p>"I think it was irreversible and significant damage to this nation," General Keith Alexander, the NSA's director, said at a House of Representatives Intelligence Committee hearing.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130618/nsa-chief-us-spy-program-disclosure-caused-irreversible-damage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mass surveillance Thomson Reuters Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:31:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5860270 at http://www.globalpost.com Moves to limit contractor access to secrets meets resistance http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130618/moves-limit-contractor-access-secrets-meets-resistance <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Mark Hosenball and Andrea Shalal-Esa</p> <p>(Reuters) - Industry executives and some corners of the U.S. intelligence community are pushing back against possible legislative moves to curb contractors' access to classified information.</p> <p>Following leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, Senate Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein is working on legislation intended to restrict spy agencies from assigning contractors like Snowden to sensitive jobs.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130618/moves-limit-contractor-access-secrets-meets-resistance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Mass surveillance National security Security Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:33:02 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5860572 at http://www.globalpost.com