Latest Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Stories

2014-09-12 06:29:02

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The US government threatened Yahoo with fines of $250,000 per day if it failed to comply with demands to turn over the online communication data of international customers, officials at the web portal have revealed. According to Associated Press (AP) reporter Pete Yost, legal representatives from the company viewed surrendering the online information as unconstitutional, and launched a secret court battle against federal officials...

NSA Overhaul Proposed By White House And Congress
2014-03-26 06:37:17

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online President Obama and members of Congress proposed on Tuesday plans to end the National Security Agency's (NSA) bulk collection and storage of Americans’ telephone records, although both proposals would still allow the Obama administration to access this information when needed. Speaking at a nuclear summit in The Hague, the president said his plan would address the “core concerns” about the government storing such vast...

Google Gets Flood Of Government User Data Requests
2013-11-14 15:57:06

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Google has released its eighth Transparency Report, noting the number of requests it gets from governments around the world for user information has increased by more than 100 percent since the search engine first began its disclosures in 2010. The highlights of the Transparency Report were outlined in a post on the Google Public Policy Blog written by Richard Salgado, legal director of Law Enforcement and Information Security at...

Dropbox Petitions FISA For Right To Disclose National Security Requests
2013-09-25 05:39:07

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Cloud storage provider Dropbox has joined Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, LinkedIn and others in seeking permission to publish the number of national security requests it has received from the federal government, and the number of users those requests involve. The company filed a petition with the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court this week seeking confirmation that it has the right to disclose the exact number...

FISA Talks With US Government Break Down, Google And Microsoft Filing Lawsuit
2013-09-01 08:06:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Microsoft and Google are threatening to sue the US government after failing to convince the Justice Department to reveal more information about official requests for user data collected under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), various media outlets reported over the weekend. According to Rory Carroll of The Guardian, the two tech giants announced the lawsuit on Friday in their latest attempt to disclose requests...

Google Adds Depth To Searches
2013-08-07 11:24:28

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Google is working to improve their core product, search, by including more in-depth articles in the results. Those looking for information on Legos, Taylor Swift and more will now be given a recommended three articles along with their regular search results. This, writes Google technical staff member Pandu Nayak, could benefit a full ten percent of people conducting searches each day. As the new feature rolls out over the next few...

No Safe Haven On Internet, NSA Can Access It All
2013-07-31 14:58:15

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New light has been shed on both the extent of the NSA's surveillance programs and how this information is shared with other government officials. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released three documents today which have until now been kept in secret and detail how information is obtained and stored. Though these documents provide additional information, large portions remain redacted, including sections that...

European Students File Suit Against Large American Companies Over Data-Mining Controversy
2013-06-27 14:36:18

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com -- Your Universe Online As Americans still reel from the news of an NSA data-mining operation and large companies ask the government for permission to be transparent and reveal what information has been requested, one group of European students claims the entire practice violates their right to privacy. The group, called Europe-v-Facebook, (EVF) has filed formal complaints against large American companies which have taken part in PRISM. Though these...

Google Wants Transparency In Data-Mining Request Release
2013-06-19 09:58:57

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Several Internet companies, including Apple and Yahoo, have released the number of data requests they´ve received from the government as a part of investigations and PRISM, the data-mining program used by the National Security Agency (NSA). However, one Internet giant -- Google -- has been noticeably absent in releasing these figures following a plea to the Attorney General and FBI to allow them to include Foreign Intelligence...

Yahoo Reveals Amount Of Data Requests From Government Data-Mining Program
2013-06-18 11:34:15

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Following the lead of Apple, Facebook and Microsoft, Yahoo!'s Marissa Mayer yesterday announced the number of surveillance requests the Internet search company has received from the US government as a part of the National Security Agency´s (NSA) PRISM program. Like the rest, Yahoo! announced the number of requests it had received over the last six months and, so far, it has received the most – between 12 and 13...

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