The NSA has actively spied on United Nations' officials and personnel after managing to compromise the encryption of the organization's internal video conferencing system, German investigative magazine Der Spiegel reported on Sunday.
A (redacted) FISA court opinion released yesterday by the US government has shown that in 2011, a judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) found that for three years, the NSA has been annually siphoning "tens of thousands of wholly domestic communications, and tens of thousands of non-target communications of persons who have little or no relationship to the target but who are protected under the Fourth Amendment." Judge John Bates, who was at the time the chief judge of the FISC, has marked that "the Court is troubled that the government's revelations regarding the NSA's acquisition of internet transactions mark the third instance in less than three years in which the government has disclosed a substantial misrepresentation regarding the scope of a major collection program." He also pointed out that NSA agents have repeatedly misrepresented the volume and nature of the information it has been collecting, that the NSA's "minimization procedures" do not meet set requirements with respect to retention, and that its targeting and minimization procedures are inconsistent with the requirements of the Fourth Amendment.
Another day, another set of revelations about NSA's Internet surveillance capabilities and practices.
David Miranda, the partner of The Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, has employed UK lawyer firm Bindmans LLP to inform the British Home Office that they will challenging the legality of Miranda's recent detention on Heathrow under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000.
Since 2003, Pamela Jones - then a simple paralegal, now a journalist and editor - covered legal news regarding free and open source software on her law blog Groklaw.
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