Surveillance by the National Security Agency is costing the United States in terms of direct costs to American taxpayers to run the programs, costs to the American Internet industry, costs to foreign relations work and costs to Internet security, said Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and chief executive of the New America Foundation. But pegging a dollar value on it is a difficult exercise, said panelists during a Feb. 25 event hosted by the think tank in Washington, D.C.
In its first ever challenge contest, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is seeking to use data to measure the trustworthiness of individuals.
Making good on a November promise to review its cryptographic standards development process and subject it to public comment, the National Institute of Standards and Technology released Wednesday proposed internal guidance that would bind it to being transparent, open and impartial.
Backlash in Europe against revelations of bulk surveillance by U.S. intelligence agencies intensified this month, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel endorsing the idea of a communications network that would keep Europeans' data from passing through the United States.
The intelligence community doesn't know how much it relies on contractors because of incomplete and unverifyable data in three years' worth of annual contractor inventories, a newly released Jan. 29 Government Accountability Report finds. Auditors found "a number of limitations in the inventory that collectively limit the comparability, accuracy and consistency of the information."
Reports that the National Security Agency stores records of less than a third of telephone calls passing through U.S. carrier switches undermines its stated rationale for the bulk telephone metadata program, charged Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Ore.) during a congressional hearing.
A June 2015 expiration of the Patriot Act section the intelligence community says authorizes the bulk storage of telephony metadata means the Obama administration should act now to propose legislative changes, said Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.).
Whether or not the intelligence community's bulk storage of telephony metadata has actually prevented a terrorist attack shouldn't be the only metric by which the program's efficacy should be measured, said Attorney General Eric Holder.
The Justice Department agreed to somewhat loosen restrictions on surveillance reports made public by Internet companies in response to a lawsuit filed by tech giants, including Google, Microsoft and Facebook.
A federal privacy oversight board says the federal government should end the intelligence community's bulk storage of telephony metadata, stating that it has "shown minimal value" in counterterrorism efforts and that it raises constitutional concerns.