Another day, another U.S. government surveillance roundup:
• Yahoo became the latest tech company to disclose the number of law-enforcement requests it has received in the past several months. Its magic numbers: 12,000 to 13,000 between December and May. Read More →
"More and more, what you're going to see is criminals and other people whose images were taken over the years are digitized, [and] put into these databases, and incidents like Boston will be easier to solve."
— James Albers, Read More →
A roundup of recent developments in the fast-moving NSA spying story:
• The tech companies: Attempts at damage control continue after a report last week that the government had direct access to the user information of nine tech companies through a Read More →
Juxtapose reports that Google is nearing a $1 billion-plus deal for Waze with all that's going on with the NSA surveillance saga, and we get a contrast in the public's attitude toward tracking tied to tech conveniences vs. tracking by Read More →
"I can't in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, Internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building."
— Edward Snowden, a former CIA technician, has come Read More →
"I approach my journalism as a litigator. People say things, you assume they are lying, and dig for documents to prove it."
— Glenn Greenwald, who wrote this week's Guardian piece about the National Security Agency Read More →