Category Archives: Section 702

Surveillance oversight board member explores concerns about Section 702 renewal

A member of the independent body that examines U.S. surveillance programs expressed major concerns about renewing Section 702 — the controversial provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that allows intelligence agencies to carry out warrantless data collection — that expires later this year. “We have a large number of compliance issues that we’ve seen […]

White House faces deeply skeptical Congress as it advocates for controversial surveillance tool

As the Biden administration begins its campaign to urge Congress to renew a controversial surveillance provision that authorizes intelligence agencies to carry out warrantless data collection, it will face a skeptical Congress where distrust of government spying runs deep. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was saved from the brink of sunsetting […]

Supreme Court declines to hear Wikimedia case against NSA surveillance program

The Supreme Court declined to hear a rare case challenging the NSA’s secretive “upstream surveillance” program that gathers a massive amount of data on online communications, according to the court’s decision released Tuesday. The American Civil Liberties Union and Knight First Amendment Institute filed a petition for the high court to hear the case on […]

Wikimedia wants the Supreme Court to hear case over NSA surveillance. Here’s what’s at stake.

The Supreme Court will meet on Friday to decide whether to review a case challenging the legality of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program that hoovers up Americans’ internet traffic as it flows in and out of the U.S The American Civil Liberties Union and Knight First Amendment Institute filed the petition on behalf of […]

NSA director urges Congress to renew controversial intelligence authority

NSA Director and head of U.S. Cyber Command Gen. Paul Nakasone said in remarks on Thursday that intelligence authorities up for renewal later this year have played a key role in protecting the United States against cyberattacks. Nakasone’s remarks at a virtual meeting of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board offered a preview of […]

Civil liberties groups pressure White House to fill surveillance oversight board

Privacy advocates are urging President Joe Biden to fill an independent watchdog board that could have an enormous impact on the future of the U.S. surveillance programs raised in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Filling the empty seats on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is  “necessary to continue to […]

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