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NSA Surveillance Continues to Grow According to New Transparency Report

  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statistical transparency report on their mass surveillance operations during 2017. The transparency report is required under the 2015 Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection and Online Monitoring Act (USA FREEDOM Act) and last years FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act. The USA FREEDOM Act was passed ... Read More »

The NSA Helps Norway Conduct Illegal Mass Surveillance

A top secret satellite listening post in Norway that has been, and continues to be, supported by the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) is helping to conduct illegal mass surveillance programs. The Norwegian Intelligence Service constructed the secret satellite surveillance station on an old military base in 2000. The base is known by the codename VICTORY GARDEN, and it ... Read More »

Congress Renews FISA Section 702’s Warrantless Mass Surveillance

After passing a temporary extension in December, both the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives passed a six year reauthorization of a controversial section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The section, Section 702, authorizes much of the warrantless global mass surveillance conducted by the United States intelligence community, which was exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. ... Read More »

Sweden May Introduce VPN Surveillance and More Data Retention Requirements

According to documents obtained by Swedish internet service provider Banhof, the Swedish government appears to be interested in increasing the country’s data retention requirements, and may even be interested in starting surveillance of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other anonymization services. Data retention requirements in Sweden first took effect in 2010. Privacy advocates such as Rick Falkvinge, the founder of ... Read More »

Austria One Step Closer to Mass Surveillance

Following the attack in Manchester, some political groups fought for complete government supervision over instant messaging. WhatsApp messenger especially. The Social Democratic Party of Austria and Austrian People’s Party pushed for increased government oversight far before the Manchester attacks. But the recent attacks add ammunition to their agendas. And now the country faces a true constitutional crisis—deliberating whether or not ... Read More »

White House Opposes FISA Surveillance Reform

The Trump administration opposes any attempts to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to address privacy concerns. An anonymous White House official told Reuters in early March that the administration opposes reforming Section 702, saying it is needed to protect national security. “We support the clean reauthorization and the administration believes it’s necessary to protect the security of the ... Read More »

Electronic Surveillance Requests are up 500 Percent in the United States

A recent release by the courts shows that electronic surveillance is up by 500 percent in and around Washing D.C.; including parts of Virginia. The release is broad, and general leaving many unanswered questions. Listing show that the growth of electronic surveillance by law enforcement has grown to new heights since the 1986 law that allowed the collection of user ... Read More »

Germany To Invest More In Mass Surveillance

The two major agencies in Germany, the Federal Intelligence Service (BND – Bundesnachrichtendienst in German) and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV – Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz in German) are asking for more funds from the government. If the budget plan is accepted for 2017, the BND will get a 12 percent raise (a maximum of 808 ... Read More »

OnionDSL Sets Aim on Mass Surveillance

The UK is right around the corner from one of the biggest government surveillance power expansions since Snowden, and one network specialist isn’t going to let that stop him from bringing privacy to the people. Since the current UK Prime Minister, Theresa May championed the Investigatory Powers bill, or the Snooper’s Charter, a vast new legal army for mass surveillance ... Read More »

Russia to Enact Mass Internet Surveillance Laws

Companies that operate in Russia are soon to be required, by law, to go to new extremes that will invade the privacy of users. Those among the affected will be those who offer instant messaging, social networking, multiplayer games and any similar type of user interaction. This means all data and communication, including text, audio and video, will need to ... Read More »

Study On Government Surveillance And Self-Censorship

A study authored by Elizabeth Stoycheff, an assistant professor at Wayne State University, was recently published in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, which examined the “spiral of silence” theory and its effects in a post-Snowden world. The spiral of science theory was first proposed by political scientist Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, which states that people have a fear of isolation. A member ... Read More »

The Basics of Physical Surveillance Tactics

As discussed previously, much of the technological advancement in the LE world has helped to intensify bang for the buck in terms of resources. It used to be that observation and audio surveillance literally had to be conducted in person – cops would get access, for example, to an apartment across the wall, crack the door, and monitor comings and ... Read More »