Independent Federal Privacy Board Concludes Bulk Data Collection Illegal

Washington – An independent federal privacy watchdog group is issuing its 238-page report today, which finds the government’s program to collect bulk metadata is illegal and should end, according to various news reports. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board report comes less than a week after President Obama announced modest changes to the way…

President Announces Changes To NSA Surveillance Program

Washington – President Obama announced changes to the way the government collects and stores bulk metadata on citizens and foreigners’ electronic communications during a speech at the Department of Justice today. The Computer & Communications Industry Association is encouraged that the president acknowledged the potential for abuse of this private information, but wished the reforms…

UN Resolution on surveillance a good start, but 5-eyes countries prevent it from being great

The world’s highest and most diverse political body has finally reacted to this summer’s revelations of mass Government surveillance programs. Last week, a subcommittee of the UN General Assembly (GA) adopted a resolution on “The right to privacy in the digital age”, which contains a strongly worded condemnation of online surveillance. The resolution, which can…

Immigration Reform Hopes

With the number of legislative days in 2013 dwindling, we face the likelihood that immigration reform will not see floor action in the U.S. House of Representatives this year.  While statements this month by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) saying there would be no vote on immigration this year, and by House Speaker John…