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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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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Global Government Surveillance Reform group urges lawmakers to revise Patriot Act

March 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Google, AOL, Apple, LinkedIn, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook - as members of the Global Government Surveillance Reform - (you can read the coalition's mission statement here) have sent an open letter pushing for real reform of government surveillance practices and to make sure that these reforms are constitutional.

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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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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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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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Verizon-Backed Tech Site Forbidden From Writing About 'Spying' and 'Net Neutrality'

October 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Verizon's wireless subsidiary is funding a tech site called SugarString but writers who sign up to work for the web site have to agree not to write about two subjects: net neutrality and surveillance or spying activities. While there are lots of stories about technology and culture on the site, the two aforementioned subjects can never be written about on Sugarstring.

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NSA CTO Cannot Moonlight for Private Security Firm

October 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It turns out that it's not cool for the National Security Agency (NSA) chief technology officer Patrick Dowd to work "up to 20 hours a week" for IronNet, a private consulting firm founded and run by former NSA chief Keith Alexander. An internal review of this situation was recently undertaken by the NSA and the agency decided that it simply was not a good idea.

Alexander acknowledged that there are issues (we assume a conflict of interest) with allowing the arrangement to continue as well.

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NSA Launches Internal Review of CTO's Work for Private Security Firm

October 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Reuters report, the National Security Agency (NSA) has launched an internal investigation into a top official’s part-time work for a private cybersecurity firm founded by former NSA director Keith Alexander.

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Highlights From Sen. Ron Wyden's Roundtable on 'The Impact of Mass Surveillance on the Digital Economy'

October 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this month we reported that Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) would be hosting a roundtable on government spying this week called "The Impact of Mass Surveillance on the Digital Economy," with leading executives from the tech sector.

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'Stop The Spies' Hopes to Kill Australia's 'Mandatory Data Retention' Bill

October 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is shining a spotlight this week on a new Australian bill that would make it so that Internet service providers in the country would have to collect and store personal user data and give law enforcement agencies access to it for up to two years. The unnamed bill, currently being referred to as the "mandatory data retention bill," will be introduced to the Australian federal parliament during the week of October 27.

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The American Library Association's Long Fight For Privacy

October 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If there was ever a seemingly unflappable group of individuals it is America's librarians, who take the privacy of their patrons very, very seriously. Since the introduction of the Patriot Act the group representing our nation's librarians has been fighting to protect its patrons from government intrusion.

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DocMelonheadSorry about that, but I'm surprise at what IP participate in this discussion.05/29/2015 - 7:25am
E. Zachary KnightIron, I did not Google Search because I figured the ESRB would publish such infor on their site, which is where I looked. http://www.esrb.org/ratings/ratings_process.jsp05/29/2015 - 7:22am
WonderkarpDocMelonHead, don't look a gift horse in the mouth05/29/2015 - 7:21am
E. Zachary KnightDoc, Uncalled for. Please keep things civil.05/29/2015 - 7:21am
MattsworknameThey were discussing the appeals process for Esrb ratings Doc.05/29/2015 - 7:21am
DocMelonheadDid IP post something that isn't related to White Supremecy?05/29/2015 - 7:13am
IronPatriotBut hey, you're welcome.05/29/2015 - 5:23am
Andrew EisenEZK did say he didn't find any info on the appeals process. And if all he did was look at the ratings process part of the ESRB's website, he wouldn't have. That's where I would have looked too. But hey, thanks for being thorough and finding the info.05/29/2015 - 5:01am
Andrew EisenDude, again. I am NOT saying there is no appeals process. THERE OBVIOUSLY IS. All I am saying is that the appeals process is not described in the ratings process part of the ESRB's website.05/29/2015 - 4:59am
IronPatriotI googled appeal esrb.org and it is the first and third hits. Second is esrb talking about appeals for web publishers. Gamefaqs is fourth.05/29/2015 - 4:01am
IronPatriotZachary said he did not find any information about a formal appeals process. I did a simple search and found two places on the esrb site with the info. Just sayin.05/29/2015 - 3:57am
IronPatriotOn Google I get "1 Written Testimony of Patricia E. Vance President ... - ESRB" http://www.esrb.org/about/news/downloads/pvtestimony_6_14_06.pdf05/29/2015 - 3:55am
Andrew EisenNow, that post on GameFAQs was made four years ago. It appears the ESRB has since moved the appeals process stuff behind the publisher login on its website.05/29/2015 - 3:32am
Andrew EisenOh, third link on the Google search. Okay. That leads to a GameFAQs message board which quotes a section of the ESRB website that includes a description of the appeals process. But when you follow the link, that quote doesn't exist.05/29/2015 - 3:30am
Andrew EisenThird link down from what? Look, I'm not arguing the existance of an appeals process. There obviously is one. I was merely noting that it's odd that it isn't described on the website's ratings process section but it is on the mobile site.05/29/2015 - 3:25am
IronPatriotOK, so use the third link down, which describes the appeals process and is not on the mobile site"Publishers also have the ability to appeal an ESRB rating assignment to an Appeals Board, which is made up of publishers, retailers and other professionals."05/29/2015 - 2:47am
Andrew EisenRight, which links to the ESRB's mobile site. On the website (again, unless I'm overlooking it) the appeals process is locked behind the publisher login.05/29/2015 - 2:37am
IronPatriotHuh? Google "appeals esrb". It is the first link. Click it. No login requested.05/29/2015 - 2:31am
Andrew EisenInteresting. It's on the mobile site but unless I'm overlooking it, I don't see it under the Ratings Process on the web site. It is under the publishers section but you can't access it without a login.05/29/2015 - 2:13am
IronPatriot"Publishers also have the ability to appeal an ESRB rating assignment to an Appeals Board made up of publishers, retailers and other professionals. " Esrb05/29/2015 - 2:01am
 

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