FISA Court gives the NSA another 180 days to spy on you

July 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled Monday that the NSA may temporarily resume its bulk data collection of Americans’ phone records. The ruling from the secretive court allows the NSA to flip the switch back to the "on" position, despite the provision of the USA Patriot Act expiring on June 1.

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Justice Dept asks FISA Court for extension of spying program

June 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Despite the passage of the USA Freedom Act of 2015 - passed earlier this month - the Justice Department has aims on getting reauthorization from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court) to continue the National Security Agency's bulk telephone collection program, according to Ars Technica.

In a Justice Department memo dated June 2 to the FISA Court, the agency said that it needed an additional six months to continue the program in the name of an "orderly transition" to a new telephone metadata spying program that works under the new law.

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'USA Freedom Act' is now law

June 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On the evening of June 2, the Senate passed the USA Freedom Act by a vote of 67 - 32. Shortly thereafter, President Barak Obama signed the bill into law. The bill was expedited in part because portions of the USA Patriot Act expired on June 1. Supporters of the bill and opponents of bulk data collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act say that it is a first step in reforming the warrantless domestic surveillance activities of the NSA.

Shortly after the vote President Obama sent out an approving tweet and then signed it into law:

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The 'USA Patriot Act' expires, 'USA Freedom Act' fails to pass

June 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Patriot Act has officially expired this morning after the Senate failed to pass reauthorization of the bill on Sunday night. Along with it, many of the NSA's most controversial programs under Section 215 of the law (detailed over the last several years thanks to leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden) have also expired, though it is likely that it will be extended within the week.

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Twenty-eight groups urge the Senate to let the 'USA Patriot Act' expire, vote no on extension

May 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A total of 28 rights groups and organizations sent a letter to lawmakers in the Senate urging them to oppose S. 1357. S. 1357 would extend the USA Patriot by two months up until July 31. The USA Patriot Act is set to expire on June 1 and the groups who sent the letter say that lawmakers should let it expire as it was intended to do.

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Rand Paul promises to do 'everything possible' to end the NSA's domestic surveillance programs

May 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Republican Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) promised at a speech yesterday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that he will do "everything possible" to halt the National Security Agency's bulk surveillance and collection of phone data as the deadline for the renewal of the USA Patriot Act inches closer.

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Chris Christie calls fears of government surveillance 'baloney'

May 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey governor Chris Christie will call the widespread fear of government surveillance a bunch of "baloney" in an upcoming speech to be delivered in New Hampshire today, according to Politico.

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The 'USA Patriot Act' passes the House

May 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The USA Patriot Act has passed the House of Representatives by a wide margin, putting the legislation to curtail the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone meta-data in the hands of the Senate. If the bill manages to make its way through the Senate (either by reconciliation with a Senate version of the bill or an adoption of the original), it would make it so that the government's phone surveillance database would be housed at individual phone carriers for a certain amount of time.

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Lobbying groups urge Congress to pass the USA Freedom Act

May 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Seven lobbying and trade groups representing Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and many others urged Congress to severely limit the National Security Agency's collection of personal data under various domestic and international surveillance programs, NBC News reports.

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Senate Majority Leader fights for reauthorization of the Patriot Act without changes

May 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A few hours after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled that the National Security Agency's collection of phone call meta data was not authorized by Congress (and therefore illegal), Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-Kentucky) took to the Senate floor to fight for the USA Patriot Act - including the controversial Section 215 which the NSA has used to spy on Americans.

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Court of Appeals rules that NSA data collection was not authorized by Congress

May 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the National Security Agency's collection of phone call meta data was not authorized by Congress. The court said that a lower court ruling was in error when it ruled in December of 2013 that an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against the NSA be dismissed.

The ACLU sued the NSA over its collection of "bulk telephony metadata," arguing that it violated the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution concerning warrantless searches.

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EFF strongly opposes Senate effort to reauthorize Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act

April 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) issued a brief statement today strongly opposing attempts by the Senate to push a bill through that would reauthorize Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. Last night Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Intelligence Committee Chair Senator Richard Burr introduced S.

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Rights groups back effort to curtail the power of The Patriot Act

April 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A new website backed by dozens of rights groups and other organizations wants the powers given to the NSA and other government surveillance agencies under section 215 of The Patriot Act to end. The coalition of rights groups under the banner of Fight215.org includes the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Free Press, DownsizeDC, TechFreedom, Fight for the Future, R Street Institute, Human Rights Watch, the Sunlight Foundation Media Alliance, Student Net Alliance, MLFA, and many others.

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Rights groups take UK surveillance fight to Europe's highest court

April 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Rights groups Amnesty International, Liberty and Privacy International, and others have announced that it will take its fight against security agencies such as GCHQ in the United Kingdom conducting mass surveillance and data collection on British citizens to Europe's highest court.

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'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver ' interviews Edward Snowden

April 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

HBO's latest episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver tackles the thorny issue of government surveillance and why section 215 of the Patriot Act needs to be reformed before Congress gives reauthorization of the law in early June.

This episode - in addition to dedicating a fair portion of time to an exclusive interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, discusses the various NSA programs that are allowed under the umbrella of section 215 and uses a novel way of explaining why these programs need to go: naked pictures.

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Lawmakers reintroduce the 'Surveillance State Repeal Act'

March 26, 2015 - James Fudge

The reintroduction of an old bill takes a run at repealing the Patriot Act and rolling back all the authority the NSA has in conducting mass surveillance.

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Edward Snowden Ready To Return To The U.S.

March 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

NSA whistleblower and fugitive Edward Snowden said through his lawyer that he would be willing to return to the United States to face charges for leaking classified NSA documents on the agencies vast spying apparatus used against American citizens, foreign governments, and people around the world.

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The Guardian Details The NSA's Spying Activities on Leaky Apps Like 'Angry Birds'

January 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: It turns out that this story is incredibly old and a bit of a rerun of a story we wrote last year. Some confusion on the date on the left hand side of The Guardian led us to believe the story was brand new. We apologize for the error. Nevertheless the data in the report is still valuable today because there are still plenty of "leaky apps" out there being used to gather data from. Whether apps in the Angry Birds series still have problems remains a mystery but we assume Rovio took this and other reports to heart and did something about it..

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Sen. Barbara Boxer Will Not Seek Reelection in 2016

January 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

One of the most critical voices of NSA mass surveillance in the Senate will not seek re-election in 2016. Senator Barbara Boxer announced in a video for her political action committee (featuring her grandson as the interviewer) that she will not seek reelection to the Senate during the 2016 election cycle. Instead she'll focus her efforts on her political action committee, Pac For Change.

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NSA Does Document Dump on Christmas Eve

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Boing Boing points out that the National Security Agency quietly dumped a cache of documents on its web site on Christmas Eve. Perhaps the agency was hoping that holiday revelers would miss the document dump. The release of these heavily redacted documents - quarterly and annual reports to the President's Intelligence Oversight Board from Q4/2001 to Q1/2013 - were in response to the ACLU's ongoing Freedom of Information Act requests - which the group went to court for multiple times in 2014.

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Sen. Wyden Introduces Bill Banning Software and Hardware 'Back Doors'

December 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has introduced a bill that would ban the use of backdoors to circumvent encryption on phones and other data. The bill is called the Secure Data Act, and would prohibit government agencies from requiring software or device makers that would provide a means of circumventing encryption to secure data.

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Appeals Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Idaho Woman's Case Against NSA Next Week

December 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An appeals court will hear oral arguments in Smith v. Obama, a case filed by an Idaho nurse against the Nation Security Agency's controversial telephone data collection program, in Seattle on Monday, Dec. 8.

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U.N. To Vote On Resolution Condemning Mass Surveillance

November 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to an AFP report (by way of GIGA OM), the United Nations is set to vote on a resolution that will condemn mass surveillance activities from various governments and provide some sort of legal redress for those who have been unduly targeted by such activities.

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Report: NSA Official Warned NSA Director About Bulk Surveillance Back in 2009

November 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An unnamed high ranking NSA official had a strong disagreement with then-director Keith Alexander in 2009 over the bulk metadata program, according to a new Associated Press report (as highlighted by Ars Technica).

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Is The NSA's Water Supply About to Be Cut Off By Utah Lawmakers?

November 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Is the State of Utah on the verge of cutting off the National Security Agency's water supply? A bill introduced in the state legislature and making its way through the legislative process could very well do just that. The bill was written and put forth by Utah State Rep. Mark Roberts (R- District 67); it prohibits cooperation between the federal spy agency and any "political subdivisions of the state."

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Senate Fails to Pass 'USA Freedom Act'

November 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The US Senate fell short of enacting the USA Freedom Act, the first bill in 30 years that attempted to seriously curtail the spying activities of the National Security Agency. The bill had the support of both privacy advocacy groups like the EFF and lawmakers. The bill needed 60 votes to pass and came just two votes shy of hitting that milestone: the final vote was 58 yeah, 42 nay - with a majority of Republicans (41 of the 42 votes) voting against the bill.

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EFF Calls on Americans to Support the Passage of the USA Freedom Act

November 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Internet rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is calling on all internet users to call their elected representatives this week and tell them to support the Senate's USA FREEDOM Act.

While the bill isn't perfect, it is the first piece of legislation to tackle the NSA's unchecked power in 30 years, according to the EFF. The USA Freedom Act would - according to the EFF - do the following:

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Senate To Take Up 'USA Freedom Act' This Year

November 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Never underestimate the power of a lame duck congress. Newsweek reports that the NSA surveillance reform bill, AKA the USA Freedom Act, will get a vote this year, thanks to a big push by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont).

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EFF Promotes Cindy Cohn to Executive Director of Digital Rights

November 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has promoted its long-time legal director Cindy Cohn to the position of executive director of its digital rights division. Cohn, who has been serving in the legal director role since 2000, is best known for going after the National Security Agency's domestic spying programs long before Edward Snowden's leaks surfaced.

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Senate Loses Major Critic of Mass Surveillance in Sweeping Election

November 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sometimes when politicians lose elections it's a bad thing for certain issues. Last night Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) lost his bid for reelection against Rep. Cory Gardner (R) in a tidal wave victory that turned over control of the Senate to the Republicans.

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InfophileOther features to become standard: The ability to remap controls however the hell I want. Quicksave at any time (especially for handheld and mobile games). Plus everything Andrew said07/03/2015 - 10:43am
InfophileRegion-freeing becomes tricky for games with a strong online component though, especially when the servers are run by different branches in different regions.07/03/2015 - 10:41am
InfophileI'm in favor of getting rid of region-locking for any purchased games. I can understand an exception for free, ad-supported games, as many ads are only relevant in certain regions, and it's a ridiculous hassle to get ads for all regions.07/03/2015 - 10:40am
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/payday-2-has-been-broken-on-xbox-one-for-three-weeks-1715384186 Payday 2 Has Been Broken On Xbox One For Three Weeks07/03/2015 - 8:44am
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3bxduw/why_was_riama_along_with_a_number_of_other_large/ here is a more complete acount of whats going on.07/03/2015 - 1:32am
Matthew Wilsonredit is on fire right now. most subreddits have been set to private.07/03/2015 - 1:24am
MattsworknameYou know andrew, those are actualy rock solid ideas, I woudl like those features a bunch ,especially with games that a cut scene heavly. looking at you kojima!07/03/2015 - 1:18am
Andrew EisenActually, "things I'd like to see become standard in video games" ain't a bad idea for one of my future YouTube videos.07/03/2015 - 1:05am
Andrew EisenYou know what I'd really like to see become standard? The ability to pause cutscenes. Rewind and skip (with "Are you sure?") would be nice too. Oh, and maybe display the duration of the cutscene when it's paused.07/03/2015 - 1:03am
Mattsworknameonly reason to do region locking now is to be dicks your consumer base. Granted, we see that ALOT these days07/03/2015 - 12:48am
MattsworknameI understand the concerns about the region locking thing, I just thing that if you buy a game legitimately, no matter where it's from or what langauge it's in, you should be allowed to play it. the argument about piracy was proven false years ago, the07/03/2015 - 12:47am
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.theverge.com/culture/2015/7/2/8888243/reddit-subreddits-private-after-ama-victoria-taylor-fired bad optics by Reddit.07/03/2015 - 12:33am
Goth_SkunkI'm in full agreement on the subtitles issue. I also believe that every game should come with a single-player component, and be playable without an internet connection. Except MMOs.07/02/2015 - 10:51pm
TechnogeekRegion locking bans seem like something that'll be very difficult to pass into law. I'm fully on board with the subtitle requirement, though.07/02/2015 - 10:00pm
MattsworknameFor example, all games with any for form of spoken dialoge should be i subtitled, and region locking in any form should be illegal07/02/2015 - 9:03pm
MattsworknameDoes anyone feel that there should be a set standard for all games in terms of certain basic features. Ie subtitles, region lock, etc07/02/2015 - 9:01pm
MattsworknameSo, now that the Article stuff is over, I want to bring up another subject07/02/2015 - 9:01pm
PHX Corphttps://trustygem.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/windows-10-insider-preview-phase-3/ My Thoughts on Windows 10 Insider Preview07/02/2015 - 6:17pm
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?t=18&v=CbGmrySQLIg looks like Inafune is giving capcom the middle finger.07/02/2015 - 5:05pm
TechnogeekUnfortunately, the shoutbox moves fast enough that I can't find why I got that impression, so if was indeed erroneous I do apologize.07/02/2015 - 4:34pm
 

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