Reports of the National Security Agency (NSA) collecting data on millions of Americans has spurred one the first bills of the year in the California Legislature.
Google, Facebook, Apple and other major tech companies are teaming up to demand that the government reform its digital surveillance programs with an open letter to President Obama.
San Francisco and Peninsula Congresswoman Jackie Speier is pushing for greater oversight of the National Security Agency as well as whistleblower protections for NSA contractors like Edward Snowden.
Google’s executive chairman has called the alleged spy tracking of communication data by the National Security Agency “outrageous” and potentially illegal, according to a published report.
Federal officials on Tuesday released previously classified documents showing misuse of a domestic spying program in 2009.
Social networking giant Facebook said government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 users of the service in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States.
Nineteen organizations ranging from a church to gun rights groups sued the National Security Agency in federal court in San Francisco Tuesday to challenge the mass collection of their telephone records.
Speaking to KPIX 5 on Tuesday, Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg praised Edward Snowden for releasing details about the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs.
Google is asking the Obama administration for permission to disclose more details about the U.S. government’s demands for emails and other information that people transmit online.
For years, top officials of the Bush and Obama administrations dismissed fears about secret government data-mining by reassuring Congress that there were no secret nets trawling for Americans’ phone and Internet records.