Surveillance Articles

NSA ‘About’ Surveillance on Americans halted by FISC

  • 29/04/2017 at 01:08 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

NSA Spy ViewA halt to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) controversial surveillance program known as “about” collection is now in place. What this program aimed to do was to gain access to emails and messages that contained information about foreign surveillance targets. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) made the ruling to halt the “about” tactic as there was no way it could comply with the constitutional rights of Americans.

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Vodafone exposes secret surveillance wires

  • 06/06/2014 at 22:57 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Smartphone SpyReady for your latest dose of privacy horrors? Vodafone has revealed the existence of secret wires that allegedly allow state agencies to listen in and record conversations on a whole new level.

It is being referred to as a “nightmare scenario” by privacy advocates. Vodafone, the second largest mobile phone company in the world, says that at least six world governments have been using secret wires to listen in and record customer calls on a massive scale.

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House passes NSA surveillance reform bill, despite privacy advocates concern

  • 22/05/2014 at 19:56 by It's a Gadget Staff
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WiretappingThe US House of Representatives has announced the passing of a new bill that would limit the scope of power for the National Security Agency, and their widespread surveillance of both American and international citizens. However, the bill has been changed so much from the original version that it has provided several instances of support to the NSA beyond even the initial compromises.

With the original version of the bill, a great deal of control was stripped from the NSA. Oversight was proposed, certain laws had to be followed (such as court orders for information gathering), and data could no longer be collected in the staggering numbers it had been without cause.

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Review board recommends that NSA transfer 1 trillion phone records

  • 18/12/2013 at 23:07 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Obama Tech MeetingPresident Obama has reportedly met with the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. The five person review board is responsible for overseeing the NSA and related agencies, in order to enact new policy and create oversight for the unchecked surveillance branch.

The group has been looking into available records and practices of the National Security Agency to determine what can be done to regain public trust. First on their list of recommendations? That the NSA give up their massive phone database.

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Eight major tech companies call on Obama to limit US surveillance

  • 09/12/2013 at 17:20 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Tech EyeEight major technology companies have banded together to ask President Barack Obama to reform the current US intelligence operations that have led to massive data collection with next to no legal oversight.

After learning about the back door access agencies such as the NSA have managed to achieve, companies who are only just learning about the extent of the surveillance are speaking out. Microsoft, one of the signers of an open letter to President Obama, has already released a statement about plans to heighten work on encryption for user safety. But this letter asks for measures on the government’s end to be enacted.

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“Black Budget” leak shows $52.6 billion spent on surveillance programs

US Intelligence Black Budget LeakEdward Snowden has once again released crucial documents showing the United States efforts to spy on citizens from around the world. This time the leak shows the astonishing $52.6 billion dollar price tag for PRISM and other connected programs.

A release is offered in a presentation that breaks down the black budget into different agencies, showing who got what and for what purposes. It also shows who spends the most money based on the five main agencies and other departments, what categories take the most money, the thirty-two different types of spending, and accompanies a leak of 178 pages of documents offering more details.

This black budget leak was pretty much wide reaching with no concern for filters. But The Washington Post agreed not to publish all information, due to ongoing missions and covert actions that could put agents and cases at risk. Only the summary has been posted, but it is enough to give quite a look at operations.

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A quick explanation of GCHQ and their Internet Surveillance

GCHQSince the story of how government agencies have been tracking information through major sources of technology came out, privacy has become a major issue on the web. While the entire world has been in a frenzy, the United States and United Kingdom, the two regions most affected, have been especially concerned. Most worrying is the regular mining of data, such as through the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

For those who are not from the UK, or just don’t know what it is, the GCHQ is the branch of government within Britain that is responsible for gathering intelligence for both the government and military projects. All of this is done through communication and information networks, a big one being the Internet itself.

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