Angry Bird and other apps under surveillance? Tech companies will now be able to release data on government requests, but critics say the numbers give people only limited sense of the extent of government surveillance of social media.
Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies asked wireless carriers for ‘cell tower data dumps’ at least 9,000 times in 2012, as part of their investigative work, a US senator reports. His push is to buttress privacy protections for cellphone users in America.
‘China has not reduced its cyber intrusions against the United States despite recent public exposure of Chinese cyber espionage in technical detail,’ a commission set up by Congress to monitor US-China ties reported.
The NSA snags contact information as it flows through telecommunications servers and other systems overseas, according to a Washington Post report. Not surprisingly, civil libertarians are unhappy with the new revelations.
This latest document release marks a bid by the Obama administration, after massive leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, to demonstrate transparency on surveillance policy and privacy safeguards.
James ‘Whitey’ Bulger was convicted of 31 racketeering charges, which he barely contested. He also failed to show that his personal code barred him from killing women or serving as an FBI informant, a tie that battered the FBI’s reputation.