The U.S. Government's Surveillance Program is Facing Opposition From All Over the World
Judge Dennis Saylor, of the FISA court, has ruled in favor of the ACLU; the government has been ordered to identify the FISA court's rulings after May 2011 that permit the NSA's mass database of communications, and to review those documents for declassification.
In Vienna, over 200 Austrians have been protesting outside a manor that the CIA claims is a center used to monitor public communications (e.g. social media posts). The US government has announced that it will end operations at that location within two years.
Brazil's president Rousseff has asked legislators to vote on the "Internet Constitution" bill, which requires internet companies to keep all information about their Brazilian clients on servers located in Brazil. Thus, Brazilian privacy laws would have to be followed.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and former Cabinet minister Franklin Martins have encouraged Rousseff to cancel her state visit to the White House next month due to NSA violations. The purpose of the trip was to discuss oil exploration, biofuels technology, and Brazil's potential purchase of fighter jets from Boeing Co.
Regarding the flyover, the Interior Ministry stated that the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which ordered the flight, is responsible for defending the country from the spying activities of foreign countries.
According to declassified documents, in 2011 a secret court ruled in favor of the Obama administration to reverse those restrictions restrictions on the National Security Agency's use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails. The NSA would be allowed to search for Americans' communications in its database.
For a short while in 2009, Blackberry changed the way it compresses its data. This led to an inability to access Blackberry data by the NSA. In 2010, Britain's GCHQ cracked the new compression algorithm and regained access.
The following Friday, Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, sent a letter to president Obama stating that many of the democrats who had voted against the Amash amendment would soon be seeking changes to massive government surveillance.
HR 2736, entitled the "Government Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013" would allow entities that are required to comply with the FISA act to publish aggregate information related to compliance was submitted by representative Rick Larsen on 7/18/2013. The bill has 3 co-sponsors, and was immediately referred to committee.
On 8/1/2013, Senator Al Franken introduced S 1452, a bill to "enhance transparency for certain surveillance programs authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978." The bill requires the Federal government to report and permits companies to report gross statistics of surveillance usage.
On 8/9/2013, the lavabit encrypted email service shutdown. In a statement posted on the website, lavabit founder Ladar Levinson wrote "I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations."
On 8/30/13, the Federation of German Scientists, the International Association Of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA), and Transparency International presented Snowden with the 2013 Whistleblower award (in absentia). The award includes a prize of €3,000.
Representatives Sensenbrenner and Lofgren have announced that they will have a bill ready when congress returns from its August recess. The bill will: (1) restrict phone surveillance to only those named as targets of a terrorism investigation, (2) make significant changes to the secret court that oversees such programs, and (3) give businesses permission to reveal activity with the secret court.
The program "actively engages US and foreign IT industries to covertly influence and/or overtly leverage their commercial products' designs" and to "insert vulnerabilities into commercial encryption systems".