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Report: The NSA’s Domestic Metadata Collection System Is Not Being Used and May Be Discontinued

The National Security Agency has “quietly shut down” the mass surveillance programme it implemented after the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks to analyse metadata on domestic US calls and text messages, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing an episode of the Lawfare podcast with “senior Republican congressional aide” Luke Murry. The Wall Street Journal separately reported that Murry stated the programme has not been used in at least six months, with both papers writing that it is unclear whether Donald Trump’s administration will ask Congress to renew its legal authority when relevant portions of the Patriot Act expire at the end of 2019. Read More >>

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Hidden Message in Apple Transparency Reports Suggest New NSA Warrants

It's not what Apple's most recent transparency reports say that has activists concerned—rather, it's what's missing. Because the sudden omission of a mere two sentences essentially translates to Apple saying that yes, they've now been subjected to the US Patriot Act's demands. Read More >>

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US ‘Patriot Act’ Lets American Authorities Rummage Through EU Cloud Data

American security laws could be used to override European privacy rules if data is held on international cloud servers, letting US agencies freely rifle through anything submitted to 'The Cloud'. Which is just about everything nowadays. Read More >>