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Apple Got Up to 5,000 Data Requests in Six Months

Source: Reuters

Apple got up to 5,000 data requests in six months

Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:08am EDT

(Reuters) - Apple received over the last six months between 4,000 and 5,000 requests for customer data from U.S. law enforcement authorities relating to criminal investigations and national security matters, the company said on Monday.

Microsoft and Facebook Inc published similar data last week after reaching a deal about disclosures with U.S. national security authorities.

"We have asked the U.S. government for permission to report how many requests we receive related to national security and how we handle them. We have been authorized to share some of that data," Apple said.

In a statement posted on its website Apple said that the requests were received from December 1 2012 to May 31 2013, and between 9,000 and 10,000 accounts or devices were specified in those requests, which came from federal, state and local authorities.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE95G04220130617

Report: UK Government Spied on Its Allies at 2 G20 Summits

Source: The Guardian

@BreakingNews: RT @BreakingNewsUK: Report: UK government spied on its allies at 2 G20 summits in London in 2009 - @guardian http://t.co/dkQ3w9DCYX

Sunday 16 June 2013 15.46 EDT

GCHQ intercepted foreign politicians' communications at G20 summits

Exclusive: phones were monitored and fake internet cafes set up to gather information from allies in London in 2009

Documents uncovered by the NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, reveal surveillance of G20 delegates' emails and BlackBerrys.


Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts, according to documents seen by the Guardian.

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The disclosure raises new questions about the boundaries of surveillance by GCHQ and its American sister organisation, the National Security Agency, whose access to phone records and internet data has been defended as necessary in the fight against terrorism and serious crime. The G20 spying appears to have been organised for the more mundane purpose of securing an advantage in meetings. Named targets include long-standing allies such as South Africa and Turkey.

There have often been rumours of this kind of espionage at international conferences, but it is highly unusual for hard evidence to confirm it and spell out the detail. The evidence is contained in documents – classified as top secret – which were seen by the Guardian. They reveal that during G20 meetings in April and September 2009 GCHQ used what one document calls "ground-breaking intelligence capabilities" to intercept the communications of visiting delegations.

This included:

• Setting up internet cafes where they used an email interception programme and key-logging software to spy on delegates' use of computers;

• Penetrating the security on delegates' BlackBerrys to monitor their email messages and phone calls;

• Supplying 45 analysts with a live round-the-clock summary of who was phoning who at the summit;

Read more: http://www.guardiannews.com/uk/2013/jun/16/gchq-intercepted-communications-g20-summits

NYC Dispatcher Spent Almost 8 Hours on Stroke Call (with Victim While Rescuers Tried to Locate)

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23471621/nyc-dispatcher-spent-almost-8-hours-stroke-call

NYC dispatcher spent almost 8 hours on stroke call

POSTED: 06/16/2013 01:00:31 AM MDT
UPDATED: 06/16/2013 01:00:31 AM MDTThe Associated Press

NEW YORK—A New York City emergency dispatcher is being hailed for spending nearly eight hours on the phone with a woman who had suffered a stroke while rescuers tried to pinpoint the woman's location.

The New York Post reports dispatcher Joann Hilman-Payne took the call around 1 p.m. Monday and kept the line open until medics found the woman around 8:30 p.m.

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The call was eventually traced to a Manhattan apartment where the woman was working as a housekeeper. She remains hospitalized.

Secret to PRISM Program: Even Bigger Data Seizure ("small part of much more expansive & intrusive")

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/secret-prism-success-even-bigger-data-seizure

SECRET TO PRISM PROGRAM: EVEN BIGGER DATA SEIZURE

By STEPHEN BRAUN, ANNE FLAHERTY, JACK GILLUM and MATT APUZZO
— Jun. 15 2:53 PM EDT

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The agents wanted email archives, account information, practically everything, and quickly. Engineers compiled the data, sometimes by hand, and delivered it to the government.

Often there was no easy way to tell if the information belonged to foreigners or Americans. So much data was changing hands that one former Microsoft employee recalls that the engineers were anxious about whether the company should cooperate.

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The revelation of Prism this month by the Washington Post and Guardian newspapers has touched off the latest round in a decade-long debate over what limits to impose on government eavesdropping, which the Obama administration says is essential to keep the nation safe.

But interviews with more than a dozen current and former government and technology officials and outside experts show that, while Prism has attracted the recent attention, the program actually is a relatively small part of a much more expansive and intrusive eavesdropping effort.

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Secret to PRISM Program: Even Bigger Data Seizure ("small part of much more expansive & intrusive")

Source: Associated Press

SECRET TO PRISM PROGRAM: EVEN BIGGER DATA SEIZURE

By STEPHEN BRAUN, ANNE FLAHERTY, JACK GILLUM and MATT APUZZO
— Jun. 15 2:53 PM EDT

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The agents wanted email archives, account information, practically everything, and quickly. Engineers compiled the data, sometimes by hand, and delivered it to the government.

Often there was no easy way to tell if the information belonged to foreigners or Americans. So much data was changing hands that one former Microsoft employee recalls that the engineers were anxious about whether the company should cooperate.

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The revelation of Prism this month by the Washington Post and Guardian newspapers has touched off the latest round in a decade-long debate over what limits to impose on government eavesdropping, which the Obama administration says is essential to keep the nation safe.

But interviews with more than a dozen current and former government and technology officials and outside experts show that, while Prism has attracted the recent attention, the program actually is a relatively small part of a much more expansive and intrusive eavesdropping effort.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/secret-prism-success-even-bigger-data-seizure

Facebook Releases Data, Including All National Security Requests

Source: Facebook Press Release

Facebook Releases Data, Including All National Security Requests

June 14, 2013
By Ted Ullyot, Facebook General Counsel

Over the last week, in press statements as well as Mark’s post last Friday, we’ve repeatedly called for governments worldwide to be willing to provide more details about programs aimed at keeping the public safe. We’ve also urged them to allow companies to divulge appropriate information about government orders and requests that we receive, in a manner that does not compromise legitimate security concerns.

Requests from law enforcement entities investigating national security-related cases are by their nature classified and highly sensitive, and the law traditionally has placed significant constraints on the ability of companies like Facebook to even confirm or acknowledge receipt of these requests – let alone provide details of our responses.

We’ve reiterated in recent days that we scrutinize every government data request that we receive – whether from state, local, federal, or foreign governments. We’ve also made clear that we aggressively protect our users’ data when confronted with such requests: we frequently reject such requests outright, or require the government to substantially scale down its requests, or simply give the government much less data than it has requested. And we respond only as required by law.

But particularly in light of continued confusion and inaccurate reporting related to this issue, we’ve advocated for the ability to say even more.

Since this story was first reported, we’ve been in discussions with U.S. national security authorities urging them to allow more transparency and flexibility around national security-related orders we are required to comply with. We’re pleased that as a result of our discussions, we can now include in a transparency report all U.S. national security-related requests (including FISA as well as National Security Letters) – which until now no company has been permitted to do. As of today, the government will only authorize us to communicate about these numbers in aggregate, and as a range. This is progress, but we’re continuing to push for even more transparency, so that our users around the world can understand how infrequently we are asked to provide user data on national security grounds.

For the six months ending December 31, 2012, the total number of user-data requests Facebook received from any and all government entities in the U.S. (including local, state, and federal, and including criminal and national security-related requests) – was between 9,000 and 10,000. These requests run the gamut – from things like a local sheriff trying to find a missing child, to a federal marshal tracking a fugitive, to a police department investigating an assault, to a national security official investigating a terrorist threat. The total number of Facebook user accounts for which data was requested pursuant to the entirety of those 9-10 thousand requests was between 18,000 and 19,000 accounts.

Read more: http://newsroom.fb.com/News/636/Facebook-Releases-Data-Including-All-National-Security-Requests

Web Companies to Disclose Surveillance Info After Deal with U.S

Source: Reuters

Web companies to disclose surveillance info after deal with U.S.

Filed 2013-06-15T01:05:43+00:00

Updated 2013-06-15T01:54:07+00:00

Several Internet companies have struck an agreement with the U.S. government to release limited information about the number of surveillance requests they receive, two sources familiar with the discussions told Reuters.

The companies are expected to release numbers of government requests, without breaking out how many originate from a controversial National Security Agency program disclosed last week intended to gather intelligence about non-U.S. residents, the sources said.


Read more: http://preview.reuters.com/2013/6/15/web-companies-to-disclose-surveillance-info-after

New Greenwald Guardian Op/Ed: Edward Snowden's Worst Fear Has Not Been Realised – Thankfully

http://www.guardiannews.com/commentisfree/2013/jun/14/edward-snowden-worst-fear-not-realised

Friday 14 June 2013 14.00 EDT

Edward Snowden's worst fear has not been realised – thankfully

The NSA whistleblower's only concern was that his disclosures would be met with apathy. Instead, they're leading to real reform

In my first substantive discussion with Edward Snowden, which took place via encrypted online chat, he told me he had only one fear. It was that the disclosures he was making, momentous though they were, would fail to trigger a worldwide debate because the public had already been taught to accept that they have no right to privacy in the digital age.

Snowden, at least in that regard, can rest easy. The fallout from the Guardian's first week of revelations is intense and growing.

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In the wake of the Guardian's articles, I heard from journalists and even government officials from around the world interested in learning the extent of the NSA's secret spying on the communications of their citizens. These stories have resonated globally, and will continue to do so, because the NSA's spying apparatus is designed to target the shared instruments used by human beings around the world to communicate with one another.

The purpose of whistleblowing is to expose secret and wrongful acts by those in power in order to enable reform. A key purpose of journalism is to provide an adversarial check on those who wield the greatest power by shining a light on what they do in the dark, and informing the public about those acts. Both purposes have been significantly advanced by the revelations thus far.

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Jeremy Scahill on The Tonight Show Talking NSA, Snowden, Rampant State Secrecy



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Jeremy Scahill on NSA leaks - the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Published June 13, 2013.

CNN Breaking News - Multiple people have been shot inside a St. Louis business, CNN affiliate KTVI

Source: CNN

CNN Breaking News - Multiple people have been shot inside a St. Louis business, CNN affiliate KTVI reports, citing police. Reply STOP 2 unsub

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