“We urge the U.S. Government to reconsider this decision and grant our petition for greater transparency around national security requests for user data."
A Google spokesman said the company is “disappointed” and called for greater transparency in the FISC process, as the government’s motion was partially redacted.
Google believes “more openness in the process is necessary since no one can fully see what the government has presented to the court,” the spokesman said.
Cybercriminals seize on shutdown: Spammers are using the government shutdown to target victims via email, according to a Symantec blog post. The computer security company said most of the shutdown-related spam emails it has seen “encourage users to take advantage of clearance sales on cars and trucks,” with subject lines like “Half-off our autos for each day the US Govt is shut down.”
Commerce votes off: The Senate Commerce Committee has postponed Thursday’s planned vote on the nomination of Michael O’Rielly to the Federal Communications Commission and Terrell McSweeny to the Federal Trade Commission.
Privacy oversight hearing postponed: The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board announced that it is postponing its Friday hearing on government surveillance programs because “a significant number of witnesses” will not be able to testify “due to the federal government lapse in appropriations.” The board will use its carryover funds from 2013 “to remain in operation and continue its examination of the surveillance programs,” it said.
Personnel notes: Alexander Hoehn-Saric, a former adviser to FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, has joined Charter Communications as vice president of government affairs. Anne Veigle has been promoted from vice president of media affairs to senior vice president of communications at USTelecom.
The Washington Post will host a cybersecurity summit Thursday, featuring House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden and former White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt.
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The FBI shut down Silk Road, an online marketplace for illegal drugs and computer hacking tools, and arrested its alleged operator.
The government shutdown and the resulting decrease in funding for the intelligence community could leave the U.S. vulnerable to terrorist attacks, Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzKansas Republican sworn in after special election Overnight Finance: Dems want ObamaCare subsidies for extra military spending | Trade battle: Woe, Canada? | Congress nears deal to help miners | WH preps to release tax plan Cruz: Seize money from drug lords to fund border wall MORE (R-Texas) says.
Foreign countries will have an easier time recruiting U.S. intelligence community employees as spies after sequestration and the shutdown, the director of national intelligence says.
Battle lines are being drawn between Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinTrump, lower court nominees need American Bar Association review This week: Congress returns to government shutdown fight Hotel industry details plans to fight Airbnb MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyLawmakers talk climate for Earth Day, Science March Poll: Sanders most popular senator in the US Senate Dems offer bill to restore internet privacy rules MORE (D-Vt.) over the necessity of surveillance programs such as a program that collects phone call data in bulk, with Feinstein vowing to protect the collection program.
NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander admitted during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday that the agency collected in bulk Americans’ cellphone location data in 2010 and 2011.
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