Charlie Savage and Laura Poitras report: Ten months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the nation’s surveillance court delivered a ruling that intelligence officials consider a milestone in the secret history of American spying and privacy law. Called the “Raw Take” order — classified docket No. 02-431 — it weakened restrictions on sharing private information about [...]
From the FTC: Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges thatAaron’s Inc., a national rent-to-own retailer, knowingly played a direct and vital role in its franchisees’ installation and use of software on rental computers that secretly monitored consumers, including taking webcam pictures of them in their [...]
Jack Bouboushian reports: The National Security Agency cannot destroy telephone-metadata records since they are evidence in civil litigation, a federal judge ruled Monday, though the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court said Friday that the government could not hold onto such records for more than five years. Read more about the rulings on Courthouse News.
A federal judge with a secret court has refused the Obama administration’s request to extend storage of classified National Security Agency telephone surveillance data beyond the current five-year limit. The Justice Department had argued several pending lawsuits over the bulk data collection program require it to preserve the records for a longer period of time. [...]
Ellen Nakashima reports: The CIA searched computers intended to be used solely by the Senate Intelligence Committee in an apparent effort to determine how committee staff members gained access to a draft version of an internal agency review of its controversial interrogation program, U.S. officials said. The action, some officials say, would mark the first [...]
Robert Richardson writes: According to one of the nation’s top digital civil liberties attorneys, U.S. companies have little legal recourse when powerful law enforcement agencies like the FBI make overreaching demands for their customers’ sensitive data. In a presentation at last Thursday’s inaugural TrustyCon event, attorney Marcia Hofmann told attendees that the circumstances in which private email [...]
March 4, 2014 On Friday, the Attorney General through the Department of Justice, declassified and released 24 documents that were responsive to a portion of a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. These one-page documents, titled “The Attorney General’s Report on the Use of Pen Registers and Trap and Trace Devices [...]