nsa-(1)

Twitterは5月18日より、利用規約とプライバシーポリシーを一部改訂する(Twitter — プライバシーポリシーの更新: ポリシーの一部改訂、 BetaNewsの記事、 本家/.)。

大きな変更点としては、米国以外に住むユーザーに対するサービスの提供元が米Twitter Inc.からアイルランド・ダブリンのTwitter International Companyに移行する。これにより、日本など米国以外のユーザーのアカウント情報はEUデータ保護指令に基づくアイルランド国内のプライバシーおよびデータ保護法に従って取り扱われることになる。Twitter Inc.では、米国家安全保障局(NSA)がユーザー情報の開示に関する裁判所命令を取った場合、それに従う必要がある。これに対し、アイルランドのTwitter International Companyが従う必要はないため、簡単にデータがNSAに渡ることはなくなるとのこと。

一方、アイルランドはEU域で最もプライバシーに関する法律が緩やかなことで知られており、企業側がユーザー情報を利用しやすいという面もあるという。ただし、Twitterでは今回の利用規約およびプライバシーポリシー改訂は世界各地のユーザーをサポートするための事業拡大を反映したものであり、サービスの提供方法をより詳しく示すことが目的だと説明している。

このほか、Twitterに登録する際に仮名を使用できることを明記するなど、プライバシーポリシーをわかりやすくするための説明や詳しい情報も追加される。また、プライバシー対策を1つの場所にまとめて参照しやすくしているという。これらの変更は、TwitterだけでなくDigitsおよびPeriscopeも対象となる。なお、今回の移行によるサービスへの影響はないとのことだ。

German Government Under Increasing Fire Over Allegations That BND Spied on European Companies for NSA

May 1, 2015

Germany Is Accused of Helping N.S.A. Spy on European Allies

Melissa Eddy

New York Times

May 1, 2015

BERLIN —  Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is fending off allegations that the German secret service helped the United States to spy on European partners and companies, nearly a year after Ms. Merkel expelled the top American spy in a rare display of anger over revelations of widespread United States intelligence operations in Germany.

Over the past week, the German news media has reported that the country’s domestic intelligence agency, known by its German initials, B.N.D., gathered information on European companies at the behest of the United States National Security Agency for years, citing confidential documents and government experts.

The aviation giant Airbus said Thursday that it had filed a legal complaint against unknown persons over acts of criminal espionage and was seeking information from the German government in the wake of the reports. On Monday, the newspaper Bild named the aviation company as a target of the American agency.  

“We are aware that as a major player in this industry we are a target for intelligence activities. In this particular case there appears to be a reasonable suspicion of alleged industrial espionage,” Airbus said in an emailed statement. “We are alarmed by this.”

Germans hold privacy in high regard, given their history of police states under the Nazis and, in the old East Germany, the Communist Party. In 2013, the country displayed a collective outrage over revelations that American intelligence agencies had been monitoring Ms. Merkel’s cellphone conversations and German telecommunications.

The German news media have further said that the Merkel government knew of cooperation between the B.N.D. and the American spy services, but withheld that information from a parliamentary committee assigned to investigate the affair.

The chancellor says her office, which oversees B.N.D. operations, has cooperated fully with the lawmakers’ inquiry, but one of her strongest allies, Thomas de Maizière, who was Ms. Merkel’s chief of staff from 2005 to 2009, is facing allegations that he lied to Parliament about cooperation with American intelligence agencies.

“I strongly reject allegations the government did not tell the truth,” Steffen Seibert, Ms. Merkel’s spokesman said Wednesday. Mr. Maizière, now the interior minister, has consistently denied misleading Parliament.

In the latest round of revelations, the daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported Thursday that B.N.D. helped the United States spy on high-ranking members of France’s Foreign Ministry and presidency, as well as on the European Commission.

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the commission, said in Brussels that investigating the allegations was a matter for the German Parliament. “The German authorities will have to deal with that and I suppose that they will do so,” Mr. Juncker said.

Mr. Juncker came under scrutiny last year over allegations in the news media that more than 300 companies benefited from preferential tax deals with Luxembourg during the nearly two decades he was that country’s prime minister.

“I know from personal experience that they are very difficult to be kept under control,” Mr. Juncker said, wryly adding that amid all the rumors of spies in Brussels, “the commission should have a secret service.”

instagram

Festa de Nsa Sra de Fátima
1° a 17 de Maio 2015
Igrejinha de Nsa Sra de Fátima
#AmoBSB #Igrejinha #307/308Sul
#Azuleijos #AthosBulcão (em Igrejinha Nossa Senhora de Fátima)

NSA Scandal II: What the Snowden Papers Neglected to Mention About German Spying on Europe

May 1, 2015

NSA scandal rekindles in Germany, with an ironic twist

Anthony Faiola

Washington Post

May 1, 2015

BERLIN — The uproar shaking the halls of power here could aptly be titled, “NSA Scandal II, the Sequel.” But in this latest spy drama, the nefarious Americans have a co-conspirator: the recalcitrant German intelligence service.

Outrage in Germany about American snooping erupted in 2013, after data released by whistleblower Edward Snowden disclosed U.S. surveillance on friendly European targets up to and including Chancellor Angela Merkel. But fresh revelations suggest that the Bundesnachrichtendienst — Berlin’s foreign intelligence arm also known as the BND — may have separately aided U.S. agents with snooping on hundreds of European companies, regional entities and politicians. The targets, according a report in Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung on Thursday, included French and European Commission officials.

The new disclosures center on a list of 2,000 suspicious “selectors” — including phone numbers, IP addresses and e-mails — provided by the United States and plugged into German intelligence data systems that the Germans later determined exceeded the operation’s mandate. The German government has privately acknowledged the existence of the list to select lawmakers but has not clarified the targets, according to one of the parliamentarians briefed but who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the briefing was classified.

In a country where Merkel berated Washington in the wake of the Snowden disclosures by saying that spying on friends is “a no go,” the revelations are rocking the government to its core. A bevy of German lawmakers are demanding answers to highly uncomfortable questions, some aimed at top figures in Merkel’s cabinet. Next week, they will summon intelligence officials before two parliamentary committees to testify. Some are now even threatening to call Merkel.

Lawmakers, meanwhile, are clamoring for the complete list of targets, and that is likely to prove highly embarrassing to Washington and Berlin. The Suddeutsche Zeitung report, for instance, said that unnamed officials in the Élysée Palace, the French foreign ministry and European bureaucrats in Brussels were targeted.

“It will be extremely embarrassing for Merkel, who prides herself on her close relationship with [French President Francois] Hollande, if it turns out that the BND helped the NSA to spy on French politicians. Obama knows the feeling,” said Hans-Christian Ströbele, a member of the parliamentary intelligence control panel from the Green Party.

In Germany, fresh outrage is being aimed at the United States, with critics mostly worried that attempts to snoop on companies such as Airbus could qualify as industrial espionage. But this time, many here appear far more scandalized by the actions of their own intelligence agencies and officials, with words such as hypocrisy, ineptitude and cover-up flying at the BND and the chancellery.

“There was always a feeling that Merkel and [Foreign Minister Frank-Walter] Steinmeier were much too soft with the U.S. government on this, and now we are learning almost everyday that Germany has been more involved in all this than initially believed,” said Olaf Boehnke, the Berlin office head for the European Council on Foreign Relations. “They need to explain.”

The current allegations pivot around operations at a top-secret Bavarian surveillance base in Bad Aibling, where the Germans and Americans have been engaged in beefed-up intelligence operations in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. German and U.S. officials agreed to closer cooperation that involved tapping into sensitive German data, including satellite incepts and information accessed from the major Internet cable hubs in Frankfurt.

As part of the deal, U.S. intelligence would provide search terms such as phone numbers and e-mails that would be fed into the computers in Bad Aibling for data matches. There were, however, supposed to be restrictions. A 2002 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Germany and the United States narrowed the kinds of targets open to the operation, excluding, for instance, German and American nationals and companies.

According to an initial report in Der Spiegel on April 23, the United States presented the Germans with at least 40,000 search terms that were quickly deemed unacceptable. Yet after the Snowden scandal erupted in 2013, an official at the BND conducted a review that revealed about 2,000 other “suspicious” searches that had been processed even though they appeared to be outside the scope of the operation. The list of targets, German lawmakers said, included the defense arm of Airbus Group and the helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter, now also part of Airbus.

But recent reports now suggest that the list included other European officials. And what is shocking to many here is that such lapses were not publicly disclosed when Germany was railing against the United States for snooping on Merkel in 2013.

It remains unclear, however, who in the government knew, and when they knew it. If it does turn out that top German officials knew and withheld the information, the scandal, observers here say, could become one of the biggest of Merkel’s tenure. If they were kept in the dark, the BND’s failure to disclose the lapses to the highest level of government, especially given the national debate at the time, would be viewed as a potentially colossal error of judgment.

“What is the extent of this?” said Martina Renner, a lawmaker from the Die Linke party who sits on the parliamentary committee investigating the NSA scandal. “The important thing is who knew about this, and who failed politically to prevent this from happening.”

In addition, at least some of the lapses may have been flagged earlier and passed on. As early as 2008, according to Bild, officials at the BND notified the chancellery — the civilian overseers of the BND — that the NSA was using the joint operation to pursue its “own interests which go beyond common interests.”

Publicly, German officials have been cagey at best, merely conceding that there were “technical and organizational deficits” within the BND. But they have refused to elaborate, or clarify who knew what, and when.

Thomas de Maizière, the top civilian in charge of overseeing the BND in 2008 and currently Merkel’s interior minister, is taking the most fire. After his ministry informed lawmakers two weeks ago that it had no prior knowledge of lapses, he has been accused of being disingenuous or derelict in his duties for not uncovering them in 2008.

After the tabloid Bild published his image with a Pinocchio nose and the headline, “Mr. de Maizière, You’re a Blatant Liar!” he defended himself. In a statement Thursday, he said the allegations are not true. He could not air the evidence publicly, he said, because it was top secret. But he pledged to offer confidential briefings to members of parliament.

The U.S. Embassy in Berlin declined to comment.

“We’re not just trying to blame the NSA,” Renner said. “We’re looking at what happened here.”

US states take aim at NSA facilities

US states take aim at NSA facilities

[ad_1]

There’s a sign on Jonathan Stickland’s desk that reads: “Don’t steal. The government hates competition.”

These days Stickland, a Texas state representative, isn’t spending most of his time worrying about the government “stealing” through high taxes or onerous regulation – standard political fare for the kind of conservatives who populate the state capitol in Austin.

Instead his cause has…

View On WordPress

When Reality Outpaces Fiction

Charles Stross:

At this point, I’m clutching my head. “Halting State” wasn’t intended to be predictive when I started writing it in 2006. Trouble is, about the only parts that haven’t happened yet are Scottish Independence and the use of actual quantum computers for cracking public key encryption (and there’s a big fat question mark over the latter—what else are the NSA up to?).

The sci–fi writer’s singularity is near1: Gathering NSA and related news automatically, and have them processed and storified automatically, too.


  1. If you can think of a kind of invention, the chances are very high someone is already at least trying to make it happen. Related: Rule 34. No exceptions. 

Airbus Intends to File Complaint That German Intel Service Spied on Its Communications for NSA

May 1, 2015

Airbus to file complaint in German spy scandal

Reuters

April 30, 2015

Airbus Group said on Thursday it planned to complain to the German authorities over reports that the country’s foreign intelligence agency had helped the United States to spy on it and other European firms.

“We’ve asked the government for more information,” an Airbus spokesman in Germany said. “We will launch a complaint against an unknown person on suspicion of industrial espionage.”

Earlier, when asked about the reports on a call with reporters following first-quarter results, Chief Financial Officer Harald Wilhelm said he wasn’t surprised that Airbus, as a major aerospace and defence company, could be the target of spying efforts.

The reports by Der Spiegel magazine have caused consternation in Germany, where surveillance is a sensitive topic because of historic abuses by the Nazi security services and the East German Communists.

When allegations emerged in 2013 that the United States had bugged Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone, she declared that “spying among friends is not at all acceptable”.

Der Spiegel reported in its online edition that officials of Germany’s BND intelligence service indirectly helped the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on European targets, including German interests, over a period of more than 10 years.

It said BND officials passed Internet IP addresses as well as mobile phone numbers to the NSA.    

On Wednesday Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, a close Merkel ally, denied that he lied to parliament about German intelligence cooperation with U.S. spy agencies.

German media also reported that BND officials helped U.S. agencies spy on the French president’s office, the foreign ministry in Paris and the European Commission.

Asked about the allegations, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told a news conference in Brussels that he had once proposed that the Commission should have its own secret service “because the agents are here”, although he did not know if German spies were active in the Belgian capital.

Juncker, who headed a Luxembourg government that was brought down by a spying and corruption scandal in 2013, said he knew from personal experience that secret services were very difficult to keep under control.