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The former head of the CIA has said "we kill people based on metadata", but as Australia introduces new data retention laws, the country's security chief says he's "not quite sure" what the fuss is about. So what is the truth behind data retention, and why does it matter?
The federal Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board calls the program "effective," but recommends some improvements.
Thanks to a three-decade-old executive order, researchers say, Fourth Amendment protections against warrantless domestic surveillance may not be as strong as first thought.
The NSA whistleblower says the latest development “marks the beginning of a new effort to reclaim our rights from the NSA.”
We finish up the week with a visit from Shanon Cook of Spotify. She'll tell us about the top songs from Olympic-themed playlists and give us a crash course in what's trending.
During a live Web chat, NSA leaker Edward Snowden emphasizes the need for the rule of law. He also strikes, at one point, a tone you might take as conciliatory.
The company files suit against the Apple- and Microsoft-backed consortium, asserting that its "patent dragnet" has placed a cloud over Google's Android platform.
As promised, the American Civil Liberties Union appeals a ruling that found the NSA's bulk collection of phone metadata to be legal and a "vital tool."
A report in The New York Times pulls from Edward Snowden documents to give more details about agency surveillance of foreign officials and businesses, as well as humanitarian organizations.
NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden says he "bet his life" that an open, societal discussion could lead to a better balance between the power of spy technologies and the power of democratic controls.