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The NSA Says It'll Destroy Some Phone Records It Collected Illegally 

When the USA Freedom Act passed earlier this summer, the NSA was pushed to stop collecting phone records in bulk. The question of what would happen to the massive amount of data it’d already collected on people remained. That question was answered today: Those old troves of metadata are mostly going in the garbage. » 7/27/15 3:50pm Monday 3:50pm

How the Government Will Spy on You If the Patriot Act Dies

The story being spun by the defenders of Section 215 of the Patriot Act and the Obama Administration is that if the law sunsets entirely, the government will lose critical surveillance capabilities. The fearmongering includes President Obama, who said: “heaven forbid we’ve got a problem where we could’ve prevented a… » 6/01/15 12:30pm 6/01/15 12:30pm

Section 215 of the Patriot Act Expires—For Now

Section 215 has expired. At least for now. The law that the NSA used to authorize its collection of vast amounts of information about the telephone calls of ordinary Americans is no more. Even though it’s likely temporary, it’s a good thing and we should pause to celebrate a little. The calls and emails Congress… » 6/01/15 3:30am 6/01/15 3:30am

Court Rules that the NSA's Justification for Surveillance Is Bullshit

Another flimsy justification for mass surveillance bites the dust— the Second Circuit court ruled today that Section 215 of the Patriot Act does not give the National Security Agency any authority to collect metadata. In other words: the NSA’s phone snooping program is straight-up unlawful. » 5/07/15 10:13am 5/07/15 10:13am

The Privacy Paradox: How US Surveillance Acts Contradict Each Other

The report from the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies on the U.S. government's mass spying—domestically and around the globe— has much that's good in it. As the folks handling the only ongoing case where National Security Letters have been declared unconstitutional, we also… » 1/13/14 4:23am 1/13/14 4:23am