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Activist Investors Push AT&T And Verizon To Issue Transparency Reports
By Christopher A. Crawford – Edited by Abhilasha Nautiyal

Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (“ACLU”) filed shareholder proposals with Verizon and AT&T to persuade the telecom companies to issue transparency reports disclosing data about customer information that was passed on to the National Security Agency. This new tactic in the privacy fight is designed to highlight what activists say are serious costs associated with the telecom companies’ lack of transparency.

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Posted On Dec - 3 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Rita Resende Soares

Federal Circuit Renews Apple’s Hope For Injunction Against Samsung

Google And Microsoft Strengthen Their Commitment Against Child Abuse

Supreme Court Rejects Petition To Halt NSA Surveillance Of Domestic Telephone Calls

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Posted On Nov - 21 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Google Encrypts Its Network to Counteract NSA Surveillance
By Jennifer Garnett – Edited by Abhilasha Nautiyal

Earlier this month, Mike Hearn of Google’s Security Department posted online that Google has successfully encrypted the data traffic between its servers. This undoes the National Security Agency’s (“NSA”) work in creating the surveillance program “MUSCULAR,” which taps into the connections between Google and Yahoo’s private data centers.

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NIST to Formally Reexamine Cryptography Standards Development Process
By Sheri Pan – Edited by Elise Young

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) recently announced that it has begun formal review of its standards development process for approving cryptographic algorithms. The notice appears to be a reaction to recent reports in the New York Times regarding the National Security Agency’s back door access to encrypted data through an NIST-approved cryptographic algorithm. That is used by many companies to encrypt data sent over the Web.

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Posted On Nov - 7 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST

ACLU Sues DOJ Over FISA Surveillance Evidence
By Amy Zhang – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

ACLU v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice

The ACLU filed a complaint against the United States Department of Justice seeking immediate processing and release of DOJ records that the ACLU had requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act earlier this year. The requested information relates to the use of evidence derived from surveillance authorized under the FISA Amendments Act. The ACLU also seeks a fee waiver on the grounds that disclosure of the requested records is in the public interest.

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Posted On Oct - 29 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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