Obama must finally end NSA phone record collection, says privacy board
Thu 29 Jan 2015, 00:00

The US government’s privacy board is calling out President Barack Obama for continuing to collect Americans’ phone data in bulk, a year after it urged an end to the controversial National Security Agency program.

The Obama administration could cease the mass acquisition of US phone records “at any time”, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) said in an assessment it issued on Thursday.

German intelligence agency is tapping Internet Exchange Point
Tue 31 Mar 2015, 22:30

Since 2009 the German intelligence agency BND accesses traffic from the internet node DE-CIX in Frankfurt am Main – as a follow-up to „Operation Eikonal“ at the German company „Deutsche Telekom“. This was stated by the operator of DE-CIX at the NSA investigation comittee of the German Bundestag. The German Chancellery intervened several times and prevented the G-10 commission and the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) to investigate this interception operation.

Dutch intelligence and security agencies may gain bulk cable-interception power
Sat 22 Nov 2014, 20:58

The government drafted a legislative proposal to update the Dutch Intelligence and Security Act of 2002 which would expand the existing bulk interception power of the Dutch intelligence agencies AIVD and MIVD from non-cable bound communications to also include cable communications.

Canada: Bill C-51 will undermine Canada’s business climate
Wed 22 Apr 2015, 12:23

Bill C-51 would provide too much leeway for the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) to take unjustified actions against our businesses, including the takedown of websites.

GCHQ must destroy documents containing legally privileged communications
Wed 29 Apr 2015, 16:40

GCHQ, Britain’s national security surveillance agency, has been ordered to destroy legally privileged communications it unlawfully collected from a Libyan rendition victim.

The ruling marks the first time in its 15-year history that the investigatory powers tribunal has upheld a specific complaint against the intelligence services, lawyers have said. It is also the first time the tribunal has ordered a security service to give up surveillance material.


NSA domestic phone spying program illegal by appeals court
Thu 7 May 2015, 19:42

A US federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that the NSA spying program that collects data about millions of Americans' phone calls is illegal. The court's ruling is adding pressure on lawmakers to decide quickly whether to end or replace the program, which was intended to help fight terrorism.