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No Safe Harbor: How NSA Spying Undermined U.S. Tech and Europeans’ Privacy

It looks like this whole NSA debacle is going to have adverse effects on the US economy as well. Thanks, Obama!

The spread of knowledge about the NSA’s surveillance programs has shaken the trust of customers in U.S. Internet companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple: especially non-U.S. customers who have discovered how weak the legal protections over their data is under U.S. law. It should come as no surprise, then, that the European Court of Justice (CJEU) has decided that United States companies can no longer be automatically trusted with the personal data of Europeans.

Source: No Safe Harbor: How NSA Spying Undermined U.S. Tech and Europeans’ Privacy | Electronic Frontier Foundation

It’s time to build the private Web

The establishment of the U.S. Postal Service was one of the most visionary civil liberties ideas of its time. It was deeply rooted in George Washington’s belief that a strong state and society can only exist if every citizen has access to uncensored information and can freely communicate, away from the government’s prying eyes.

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The Senate Finally Passes NSA Surveillance Reform

It’s a step in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go.

After three failed attempts, the senate finally passed the USA Freedom Act on Tuesday evening. The president is expected to sign it into law later tonight.

Source: The Senate Finally Passes NSA Surveillance Reform | WIRED

NSA wanted to hack the Android store

A newly published Snowden leak reveals that the NSA planned to hack the Android store so that it could covertly install malware on its targets’ phones.

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House Passes Cybersecurity Bill Despite Privacy Protests | WIRED

On Wednesday the House of Representatives voted 307-116 to pass the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, a bill designed to allow more fluid sharing of cybersecurity threat data between corporations and government agencies. That new system for sharing information is designed to act as a real-time immune system against hacker attacks, allowing companies to warn one another via government intermediaries about the tools and techniques of advanced hackers. But privacy critics say it also threatens to open up a new backchannel for surveillance of American citizens, in some cases granting the same companies legal immunity to share their users’ private data with government agencies that include the NSA.

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US Congress to vote on ‘cybersecurity’ bills that are basically surveillance bills in disguise

If passed, the bills will adversely affect all Americans’ privacy, but they have particularly critical consequences for journalists and whistleblowers, so we wanted to highlight those concerns that the letters did not fully cover.

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Congress moves to renew law allowing bulk telephone metadata collection

The measure, which immediately drew criticism from privacy advocates and some members of Congress, allows the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to essentially rubber-stamp government requests for so-called “business records” held by just about any institution, including the phone companies. Interpreted to require the telcos to cough up millions upon millions of calling records about their customers, it requires them to provide the National Security Agency with the phone numbers of both parties in a call, calling card numbers, the length and time of the calls, and the international mobile subscriber identity (ISMI) number for mobile callers. The NSA keeps a running database of that information, saying that it runs queries solely to combat terrorism.

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