Apple has released what will be the first of many biannual reports on government information requests it receives, and has included a statement saying that “Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act,” and adding that they would expect to challenge such an order if served on them.
In response to the controversy over the alleged surveillance practices of the NSA, the White House established the Review Group on Intelligence and Communication Technologies, which is expected to provide recommendations to the president next week.
A few days after a bill seeking to end the government’s dragnet collection of phone records has been introduced by US Senator Patrick Leahy and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, the Senate Intelligence Committee has approved the FISA Improvements Act.
The US NSA and its UK counterpart GCHQ have collaborated in tapping the overseas fiber-optic cables used by Google and Yahoo to exchange data stored in their many data centers in the US and abroad, and have been slurping all the information passing through them, says a recent report by The Washington Post.
There is nothing wrong with spying on foreign national leaders, even when they are allies, said NSA head General Keith Alexander and NI director James Clapper at a hearing before the US House Select Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.
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