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The Snowden Effect on Government Surveillance

Posted June 5th, 2015 at 1:53 pm (UTC-4)
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Fan or not of exiled NSA leaker Edward Snowden, he has become the poster boy for online privacy. The US Congress gave Snowden supporters a victory this week by allowing sections of the Patriot Act to expire that gave the government the ability to scoop up and store telephone metadata from millions of Americans who have no connection to terrorism.

Expiration of US Patriot Act Sparks New Debate on Surveillance

Posted June 1st, 2015 at 2:03 pm (UTC-4)
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Ever since former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, now exiled in Moscow, leaked the reach of the US government’s surveillance on the public in the name of preventing terrorism, a new energy about official “spying” has erupted across the globe.

Revisiting the Patriot Act

Posted May 11th, 2015 at 12:06 pm (UTC-4)
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A federal appeals court in New York ruled last week that the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records is illegal. The key provision of the Patriot Act, Section 215, is set to expire in at the end of May, and Congress must decide whether to end or amend that program.