US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, chairman of the Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee in the House, introduced on Tuesday a legislation that seeks to restore Americans’ privacy rights by ending the government’s dragnet collection of phone records and requiring greater oversight, transparency, and accountability with respect to domestic surveillance authorities.
The New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged an alleged hacker in the United Kingdom with breaching thousands of computer systems in the United States and elsewhere – including the computer networks of federal agencies – to steal massive quantities of confidential data.
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.
Lavabit's Ladar Levison has announced that the users of his recently closed down email service will be able to briefly access their accounts so that they can retrieve their emails and any data that they lost in the shutdown.
Mark Jeftovic, the CEO of Toronto-based domain registrar and managed DNS provider EasyDNS, has published a (second) letter his company received from UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit asking them to suspend access to a domain that is allegedly "making illicit financial gains for the criminals operating it." After pointing out that the website in question is a BitTorrent search engine that seemingly doesn't host any torrent files, he shared the instructions given by the aforementioned police unit: freeze the whois record for the domain, and redirect the DNS for it to another specific domain hosting this notice (with links): If EasyDNS refuses to do so, the police reserves the right to refer the matter to ICANN, the letter said, and insinuated that EasyDNS could lose its accreditation with ICANN.
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