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U.S. To Raise Breach of Government Records at Talks with China

June 23, 2015 10:10 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

China has openly denied involvement in recent cyberattacks. Obama administration officials have said they are increasingly confident that China's government, not criminal hackers, were responsible.

T-Mobile Casts AT&T, Verizon as Super Villains in Latest Video

June 23, 2015 10:00 am | News | Comments

T-Mobile is again casting AT&T and Verizon as the "evil duopoly," this time in an animated...

Obama: Cyberattack Attempts Against U.S. Will Accelerate

June 8, 2015 10:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama is addressing cybersecurity following a massive hack of U.S. government employees'...

Congress Sends NSA Phone-Records Bill to President

June 3, 2015 11:26 am | by Erica Werner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two days after Congress let the phone-records collection and several other anti-terror programs...

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NSA's Phone Record Collection Program in Limbo

June 1, 2015 9:59 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

In a remarkable turnaround, Senate Republicans have agreed to debate a House bill that would overhaul the National Security Agency's handling of Americans' calling records while preserving other domestic surveillance provisions.

Candidate Fiorina Stumps Against FCC, Congress Meddling

May 6, 2015 11:00 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Fiorina said that Wheeler and company had overstepped with the Commission's highly controversial new rules and that if elected president she would seek to repeal the regulations entirely. 

Gemalto Confirms NSA Hack: No Damage Done

February 25, 2015 9:37 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Gemalto on Wednesday released the results of an investigation into whether the NSA and British electronic spying agency, the GCHQ, stole a massive trove of...                 

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Snowden Leak Implicates NSA in Hacking of Gemalto SIM Cards

February 20, 2015 9:18 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

Gemalto said in a statement Friday it could not immediately confirm the reported hack and "had no prior knowledge that these agencies were conducting...                      

New Arguments Heard in NSA Surveillance Appeal

December 9, 2014 10:56 am | by Gene Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court heard arguments Monday in an Idaho woman's challenge to the National Security Agency's...                                  

NSA Was Warned of Surveillance Program Backlash in 2009

November 20, 2014 9:26 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect...                      

Senate Kills Bill Aimed at Curbing NSA Powers

November 19, 2014 9:48 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's...

WhatsApp Seeks to Evade Surveillance with High-End Encryption

November 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

WhatsApp, the globally popular instant messaging system owned by Facebook, has begun using a powerful new encryption program aimed at protecting...                

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Apple, Google Push for Passage of Freedom Act

November 17, 2014 4:45 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In an open letter to the Senate, the companies asked that the USA Freedom Act be passed in order to prevent the bulk collection of...                           

AT&T Kills Cookie Tracking on Smartphones

November 17, 2014 9:23 am | by Jack Gillum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The change by AT&T essentially removes a hidden string of letters and numbers that are passed along to websites that...                        

Study: Americans Ticked at Loss of Digital Privacy

November 13, 2014 9:35 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy infamously quipped "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." You'd think we would have gotten...                      

Twitter Sues FBI, DOJ For NSA Request Documents

October 8, 2014 9:20 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The San Francisco-based company said in a blog post that it believes it's entitled under the First Amendment to "respond to our users' concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing information about the scope of U.S. government surveillance."

Assange Hints at Leaving Embassy

August 18, 2014 9:14 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Leaving the embassy would be a big move for Assange, who has remained trapped in the building since he sought refuge there more than two years ago. Assange is seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted over sex crimes allegations, or the United States, where authorities are investigating his spectacular disclosures of secret information.

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Google Focusing on Encrypted Messaging

August 8, 2014 9:38 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google beefed up security of its search engine and popular Gmail service after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. government has been vacuuming up personal data. The surveillance programs exploited gaping holes in unencrypted websites.

Verizon Received 150K Information Requests in 1H of 2014

July 9, 2014 9:41 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In Verizon's transparency report covering the timeframe from January 1 to June 31, Verizon said the information was only released in the event of a valid law enforcement demand or an appropriate request in an emergency involving the danger of death or serious physical injury.

Germany Drops Verizon Contract on Fears of NSA Snooping

June 26, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcement comes after reports this week that Verizon and British company Colt provide Internet services to the German parliament and other official entities. Germany has been at the forefront of international outrage over alleged electronic eavesdropping by the U.S. National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ, revealed last year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Vodafone Reveals Extent of Government Cellphone Snooping

June 6, 2014 9:00 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The report itself reflects the concern now being raised regarding privacy rights around the world. Though Vodafone is a global company, it consists of separate subsidiaries, all of which are subject to domestic laws of the countries in which it operates.

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over NSA Cellphone Data

June 4, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill ruled Tuesday that under current U.S. Supreme Court precedents, the NSA's collection of cellphone data doesn't violate the Fourth Amendment's prohibition of unreasonable searches. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Anna J. Smith of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The Spokesman-Review reports that her lawyers plan to appeal.

Justices Wary of Unlimited Cellphone Searches

April 30, 2014 9:01 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court seemed wary Tuesday of allowing police unbridled freedom to search through cellphones of people they arrest, taking on a new issue of privacy in the face of rapidly changing technology. The justices appeared ready to reject the Obama administration's argument that police should be able to make such searches without first getting warrants.

EU Court Scraps Bulk Collection of Phone Data

April 8, 2014 9:24 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's top court on Tuesday scrapped key legislation allowing the indiscriminate collection of Internet and phone communication data for law-enforcement purposes. The European Court of Justice ruled that the data retention directive offers too few safeguards to protect people from authorities' snooping and...

Obama to Propose Ending NSA's Phone Call Sweep

March 25, 2014 10:52 am | by Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans' phone calls. The Obama administration this week is expected to propose that Congress overhaul the electronic surveillance program...

Report: NSA Targeted Chinese Tech Giant Huawei

March 24, 2014 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei five years ago, around the time concerns were growing in Washington that the telecommunications equipment manufacturer was a threat to U.S. national security, two newspapers reported Saturday.

U.S. Sues Sprint over Company's Wiretap Expenses

March 4, 2014 9:31 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that Sprint Communications Inc. overbilled government agencies $21 million for wiretap services. The lawsuit filed federal court in San Francisco alleges that that subsidiary of Sprint Corp. collected unallowable expenses from...

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Push Back on Proposed NSA Plan

March 4, 2014 9:09 am | by Marcy Gordon & Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

When Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants united in outrage last summer over the National Security Agency's unfettered spying, telecommunications giants such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint —whose customers are also the targets of secret government spying— remained noticeably mum.

Technology Firms Urge Changes to US Spying

February 12, 2014 9:16 am | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of the nation's leading technology firms joined an international protest Tuesday against the U.S. government's spying programs, urging more limits on collections of Americans' electronic data and greater oversight and transparency about the secret operations.

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