A federal judge has ruled that the National Security Agency's controversial phone metadata collection is likely unconstitutional and has ordered an immediate stop to the program. Though the decision comes as the NSA's program, in its current form, is set to expire in weeks, the ruling sets an important precedent for privacy rights.
A year ago, Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian published the first of what would become an avalanche of leaks from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the U.S. National Security Agency and the modern world of digital surveillance and spying. Here are the five most important takeaways from a year that changed our perspective on our privacy in the digital age — part 2.
The two foremost news organizations behind reports about the National Security Agency's cybersurveillance programs have won the top award for journalism. On Monday, The Washington Post and the U.S. branch of The Guardian were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism, for their reports based on ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden's leaked documents.
President Obama is preparing to offer legislation to make good on his promise to reform the National Security Agency's bulk collection of U.S. phone records, also known as metadata. Whether or not that legislation passes through Congress is yet to be seen.
Twenty-five years ago today, on March 12 1989, a British computer scientist working at CERN submitted a proposal for an information management system based on "hypertext" that would link people, computers, and documents in a connected "web" he called "Mesh." A year later he would rename it the World Wide Web - I think you've heard of it.
Just as a court has approved of two of President Obama's reforms to limit the use of phone records by the National Security Agency, a report has come out showing that the NSA's phone record collection has actually already been somewhat limited - simply due to being overwhelmed by information.
After ex-contractor Edward Snowden's leaks sparked months of revelations about the National Security Agency's collection of U.S. phone records, as well as a breadth of other sweeping NSA surveillance programs, President Barack Obama spoke on Friday about changes he plans to make to the agency's mass data collection policies.