The Senate fell two votes short of the 60 votes needed to advance the USA Freedom Act, severely undermining any chance of a vote this Congress on surveillance reform and allowing the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records to continue.
The UN called mass surveillance programs “corrosive of online privacy” and “impinges on the very essence” of the international right to privacy in a new report. The report adds to the growing chorus of international voices condemning mass surveillance as an unjustifiable violation of our human rights.
A recent report found that CIA officials spied on Senate intelligence committee investigating the agency’s torture program, a discovery that should serve as a wake-up call to Americans who think oversight mechanisms are working.
A revised version of the USA FREEDOM Act, introduced today by Sen. Patrick Leahy, would prohibit bulk collection of Americans' business records and increase transparency and accountability in surveillance.
The NSA and FBI monitored the e-mails of prominent Muslim American leaders and attorneys, according to documents revealed by Edward Snowden, including the head of the largest American Muslim civil rights group.
In a report on the collection of electronic communications under Section 702 of FISA Amendments Act, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board gave short shrift to concerns about the potential for abuse of this massive collection program.
In a victory for Americans' digital privacy, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that police may not search the digital contents of cell phones seized from individuals who have been arrested unless they obtain a warrant.