OVERNIGHT TECH: NSA admits more privacy violations

The documents released on Tuesday showed that the NSA notified the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in January 2009 that analysts had been viewing phone records without proper approval for three years. As a result of the violation, the FISC tightened its oversight of the NSA in 2009, but loosened the restrictions later that year.

{mosads}The Washington Post reported last month on an audit that found the NSA had repeatedly overstepped its legal authority, but Tuesday’s disclosure is the first involving misuse of the phone data program. 

Issa wants re-vote on NSA amendment: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who voted against an amendment to limit the NSA in July, has changed his mind and wants the House to vote again on similar legislation “as quickly as possible.”

In a letter to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said that Congress must act in light of additional disclosures about the NSA’s surveillance.

“Government actions that violate the Constitution cannot be tolerated and Congress must act to ensure the NSA and the rest of the intelligence community permanently cease such acts and hold the appropriate individuals accountable,” Issa wrote.

Verizon to bring FiOS to Fire Island: Verizon has backtracked from its plan not to rebuild landline phone networks in Fire Island, N.Y., which was battered by Hurricane Sandy. 

The company had planned to provide “Voice Link,” a wireless service, as a replacement for its landline service. But after an outcry from consumer groups, Verizon said on Tuesday that it plans to provide FiOS to the island’s 600 residents, providing faster Internet service than they had before the storm.  

“We are glad that Verizon has listened to their customers and recognized that at this point in time Voice Link is not an acceptable substitute for copper or fiber,” Harold Feld, vice president at Public Knowledge, said. “When communities are struck by a disaster they should be able to count on communications services that are as good or better than what they had before.”

Blackout complaints dominate hearing: Lawmakers expressed dismay at how often cable customers lose access to broadcast TV channels during retransmission disputes during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday.

But TVNewsCheck reports that there was little consensus about how to fix the problem. 


If today’s two-and-a-half-hour hearing on video regulation wasn’t enough, the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications and Technology will examine the same issue tomorrow afternoon. 


A federal appeals court has denied Google’s motion to throw out a lawsuit over the company’s collection of data from home Wi-Fi networks without permission. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the data collection may have violated a federal law against wiretapping.

Under pressure from the FCC, AT&T agreed to take steps that will make it easier for customers of other carriers to access its network.

The top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee warned that the United States could be hit with a massive cyberattack after striking Syria.

A Commerce Department agency that sets technical standards is denying that it helped the National Security Agency “deliberately weaken” encryption.

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