Following Le Monde's Monday report on NSA's systematic gathering of phone call data of French citizens and the recording of certain calls and text messages has made the French prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, call in the US ambassador in Paris and demand explanations.
With an open letter addressed to members of the Board of Directors of the Global Network Initiative (GNI), the Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF) has officially resigned its membership from the non-governmental organization.
Perhaps no country in the world has been as vocal about doing something about NSA's global Internet surveillance reach as Brazil.
The possibility of suspending EU-US trade talks, the idea of creating international standards of privacy protection and the need for genuine parliamentary oversight of surveillance activities were among the issues discussed on Monday at the fourth hearing of the Civil Liberties Committee inquiry into US and EU countries' spying on EU citizens.
In 2010, NSA analysts were instructed to disregard previous restrictions when it came to analyzing phone call and email logs belonging to Americans that had connections to foreign targets, and to use any other information data they could collect about the person from public, commercial and other sources to create a detailed picture of their lives and their connection to the person of interest, NYT reports.
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