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The NSA says it stopped tracking cellphone locations without a warrant

Last year the Supreme Court ruled, in a 5-4 decision, that a search warrant is required for law enforcement to perform cellphone tower searches to track someone’s location.

A letter sent by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to Senator Ron Wyden affirming that ever since that Carpenter decision, the “Intelligence community” has not sought cell-site location data or GPS records without a warrant.

Source: The NSA says it stopped tracking cellphone locations without a warrant | Engadget

NSA will open source a tool for malware disassembly and reverse engineering

Dubbed GHIDRA, the tool will allow folks au fait with cyber security to pick apart binaries for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS, and turn them into code that can then be perused to figure out what malware has been up to, or take a deep dive into seemingly legit software carrying out eyebrow-raising activity.

Full article: NSA will open source a tool for malware disassembly and reverse engineering

NSA Spied On 534 Million US Calls In 2017

The NSA collected “call detail records” from over 500 million Americans’ phone calls in 2017, over three times the number gathered in 2016 according to a new report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

This marks the second year of reporting following the passage of the 2015 USA FREEDOM Act – which requires that the DNI make public various search terms and surveillance statistics of collected “Call Detail Records,” in an Annual Statistical Transparency Report meant to limit the bulk collection of records.

Source: NSA Spied On 534 Million US Calls In 2017, Up Sharply From 2016 | Zero Hedge

Tech firms have replaced government as biggest threat to privacy

Former CIA and former NSA chief Michael Hayden said Tuesday that technology firms have replaced the government as the biggest threat to Americans’ privacy.

“Our technology and our ambition have gotten ahead of law, policy and norms and now we’re struggling to catch up,” Hayden told CBSN’s Elaine Quijano on “Red and Blue.”

Source: Tech firms have replaced government as biggest threat to privacy, ex-CIA director Michael Hayden says – CBS News

Stop Calling It “Incidental” Collection of Americans’ Emails

We have been told that the acquisition of Americans’ private communications through Section 702 program is “incidental” and that the law does not allow the government to “target” Americans’ communications—but it’s through the use of such language where the confusion begins. If anything, what the recent Section 702 debates reveal is that the FBI considers it vital to access Americans’ communications that have been collected under Section 702 program at various stages of an investigation.

Source: Stop Calling It “Incidental” Collection of Americans’ Emails: The Gov’t’s Renewed Surveillance Powers | Just Security

NSA deleted surveillance data it pledged to preserve

The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it pledged to preserve in connection with pending lawsuits and apparently never took some of the steps it told a federal court it had taken to make sure the information wasn’t destroyed, according to recent court filings.

Source: NSA deleted surveillance data it pledged to preserve – POLITICO

Intel CEO Refuses To Answer Questions On Whether NSA Can Access Processors

During a Q&A in which he’d promised to answer any questions put to him, The CEO of computer chip company Intel stayed silent when asked about NSA spying.

Source: Intel CEO Refuses To Answer Questions On Whether NSA Can Access Processors » Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!

Europe’s Courts Decide: Does U.S. Spying Violate Europe’s Privacy?

In a long-awaited decision on whether and how Europeans’ private data can be protected from the roving eyes of the NSA, the Irish Commercial High Court this morning declared that “standard contractual clauses” —the procedure that tech companies like Facebook use to try to satisfy European privacy laws—should be reviewed by the European Union’s top court, the Court of Justice (CJEU).

Source: Europe’s Courts Decide: Does U.S. Spying Violate Europe’s Privacy?

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