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N.S.A. Triples Collection of Data From U.S. Phone Companies

Charlie Savage New York Times
The large and growing volume of data gathered shows that the N.S.A. continues to collect significant amounts of information about Americans’ phone and text messages after changes made by Congress in a 2015 law, the USA Freedom Act.

Vindication for Edward Snowden From a New Player in NSA Whistleblowing Saga

Jenna McLaughlin and Dan Froomkin The Intercept
U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, have insisted that Snowden should and could have gone through channels – and would have been heard. Crane brings unprecedented evidence from inside the system that ostensibly protects whistleblowers that the system isn’t working. And defenders of the system can’t accuse him of having an outside agenda.

New Snowden Documents Reveal Secret Memos Expanding Spying

Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Charlie Savage, Henrik Moltke ProPublica
Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic. The NSA’s activities run “smack into law enforcement land,” said Jonathan Mayer, a cybersecurity scholar. “That’s a major policy decision about how to structure cybersecurity in the U.S. and not a conversation that has been had in public.”

The Sun Must Set on Mass Surveillance

Timothy Karr Huffington Post
Authorization for the federal government's bulk collection of phone records is set to expire on June 1. Senators will return to Capitol Hill on Sunday afternoon -- and unless they extend it, authorization will "sunset" at midnight ET on June 1. The public must speak out now to close this chapter on mass surveillance.

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NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones

Ryan Gallagher The Intercept
The NSA wanted to do use Google's app store as a launching pad to infect phones with spyware. They were also keen to hijack them as a way of sending “selective misinformation to the targets’ handsets” to spread propaganda or confuse adversaries. Moreover, the agency wanted to gain access to companies’ app store servers so they could secretly use them for “harvesting” information about phone users.
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