The National Security Agency gathers nearly 5 billion records daily of cellphone locations by tapping into cables that globally connect mobile networks, show new documents from Edward Snowden reported by the Washington Post.
The European Commission is calling for revisions to the policy mechanism that allows American companies to attest they satisfy European data protection requirements, stating that recent revelations about the extent of U.S. intelligence surveillance had negatively affected trans-Atlantic trust.
The National Security Agency considered exposing the pornography viewing habits of Muslim "radicalizers," according to documents that the Huffington Post obtained from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
The NSA reveled in what it termed "the golden age of SIGINT" in a five year strategy also outlining its goal for expanding authorities even while other administration officials told Congress the information age had diminished their ability to intercept electronic communications. In it, the agency notes that the "advent of the information age [has] transformed the nature of our target space" but notes that signals intelligence collection has adapted.
The White House says it interprets proposed legislative language regarding Defense Department supervision of cloud computing solutions for intelligence analysis as not "intending to supersede" an ongoing intelligence community unified cloud architecture effort.
Intelligence officials Wednesday said they oppose a law that would require them to disclose the number of Americans whose communications are swept up in surveillance of foreigners on the grounds that there's no reliable way to do so. During a Nov. 13 Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing, ODNI General Counsel Robert Litt said counting the number of affected Americans "is operationally very difficult, at least without an extraordinary investment of resources and maybe not even then."
A commission charged with reviewing intelligence community research and development efforts argues that the United States risks losing its technological advantage in key areas such as cryptography and massive data analytics.
IBM comes under stark judgment in the Court of Federal Claims decision regarding the company's protest against the CIA's February award to Amazon Web Services of a long-term cloud computing contract. In a redacted decision (.pdf) posted online Nov. 8, Judge Thomas Wheeler says IBM manipulated its pricing proposal to create a bid protest issue and dismissed IBM arguments that it didn't do so with the conclusion that "the Court does not see any other explanation for IBM's final pricing strategy."
Sequestration cut an already-declining intelligence community budget by more than $4 billion in fiscal 2013, recently released statistics from the Defense Department and the National Intelligence Director show.
Intelligence officials pushed back against proposals to end the bulk storage of telephony metadata, telling a Nov. 4 oversight panel that limiting metadata collection to cases when the records can be tied to particular individuals would make counterterrorism efforts more difficult.