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Security News This Week: Mapping the NSA’s Secret Spy Hubs

It has been, to be quite honest, a fairly bad week, as far as weeks go. But despite the sustained downbeat news, a few good things managed to happen as well. So we'll start with those. California has passed the strongest digital privacy law in the United States, for starters, which as of 2020 will give customers the right to know what data companies use, and to disallow those companies from selling it. It's just the latest in a string of uncommonly good bits of privacy news, which included last…

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Worldwide Threats Briefing: 5 Takeaways, From Russia to China

On Tuesday, the heads of the NSA, CIA, FBI, and ODNI—America's intelligence community brain trust—gathered before members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to discuss various worldwide threats. And while most of the topics were familiar, the hearing also included a few revelatory moments, insights into fears that were either detailed or confirmed. The following doesn't comprise every single morsel shared by NSA chief Mike Rogers, CIA head Mike Pompeo, FBI director Christopher Wray, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Tuesday. But it does take a closer…

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Reality Winner accused of leaking NSA file about Russia hacking US election

Prosecutors say federal contractor printed classified document detailing how Russia hacked voting equipment vendor and was trying to breach local systems Three days before Americans voted last November, Reality Winner joked with her sister online that Moscows efforts to influence the US presidential election could have an upside for her as a keen weightlifter. When we become the United States of the Russian Federation, she said on Facebook, Olympic lifting will be the national sport. Seven months later, Winner, 25, called home to Texas on Saturday to let her family…

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With the war far from over, privacy activists cautiously celebrate a battle won

After the Open Technology Institutes Robyn Greene, policy counsel and government affairs lead: Ending aboutcollection is a huge privacy win, but this story also reinforces that robust legislative reforms of Section 702, including a statutory ban on aboutcollection, are necessary. The intelligence community has long claimed that reform is not needed because the NSAs minimization procedures provide Americans with all of the protections they need. OTI and other privacy groups have argued that despite the intelligence communitys claims, those procedures are insufficient, and now it is apparent that they offered…

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NSA ends controversial collection of Americans emails that mention foreign targets

Privacy advocates are finally getting (a little bit) of what they want. Friday, particularly troublesome form of collection is an effort by the NSA to comply with the privacy rulesset out by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Because of the way internet providers bundled this raw surveillance data, an intercepted message mentioning a foreign target could result in an unlawful form of bulk collection on American citizens communicating domestically. In 2011, the NSA adjusted the practice after it was found to be in violation of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable…

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