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.
The US should make two key reforms. First, the over-designation of material as classified makes it is harder to protect the few real secrets; this must be change. Second, the FISA court must become a gatekeeper for NSA access to communications data.
A judge on the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court set in motion a process that could give the public more information on the legal opinions behind the vast surveillance of phone records exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
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.
In an attempt to quell concerns about the government's secret surveillance programs, intelligence agencies released documents describing the scope their scope on Wednesday. They reveal that the National Security Agency collected tens of thousands of emails unintentionally.