Darrell Issa Calls For Another Vote On House Amendment That Would Defund The NSA

In late July, an amendment that would have defunded the NSA’s phone metadata collection program was brought to the House floor. It was narrowly defeated in a 205-217 vote, but now one of the lawmakers who voted against it wants…

NIST Says It Never Worked With The NSA To Weaken Encryption Standards

Last week, it was revealed that the NSA works tirelessly to break through all forms of encryption. One of the more worrisome revelations from the leak was that the agency worked with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to…

Google Once Again Pushes For Transparency When Dealing With Federal Data Requests

Does Google hand over your private information to the feds? The company says it doesn’t, but it can’t prove this because of gag orders placed on it by the federal government. That’s why Google, along with Microsoft, have petitioned the…

NSA Can Break Internet Encryption Technologies

The NSA can see pretty much everything you do online as long as it’s not encrypted. That’s at least what a Snowden leak from last month claimed. The news spurred more people and businesses to sign up for more encryption…

NRA Joins Lawsuit Against NSA’s Phone Metadata Collection

The NRA is not the first organization that comes to mind when I think of civil liberty organizations. Sure, they fight for Second Amendment rights, but they don’t really get involved with matters concerning the First or Fourth Amendment unless…

Microsoft Says The Government Isn’t Doing Enough To Promote Transparency

In late June, Google and Microsoft both filed suit with the FISA court demanding that the government let them publish the number of federal data requests they receive. The companies had hoped to work out a deal with the government…

Government To Declassify How Many People Were Targeted By The NSA In 2012

Earlier this month, President Obama outlined four ways that he would like to reform the NSA and FISA court. A big part of those reforms was increased transparency, and it looks we’ll finally be getting a little more transparency. On…

That NSA Review Panel Gets One More Member

Last week, a unconfirmed report emerged saying that President Obama had chosen the members for his proposed NSA review panel. Many were disappointed to learn that the four members chosen all had a connection to the White House and three…

Facebook Releases Transparency Report, U.S. Government Made 12,000 Requests For Data

When PRISM was leaked in early June, Facebook was one of the first companies citied in the report to deny any involvement with the program. The revelation did, however, push Facebook into asking the U.S. government for permission to publish…