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What are the objectives of the TikTok ban?

TikTok doesn't take just your location data, it also takes your clipboard. Everything you copy/paste while TikTok is open, even if it's only open in the background, is sent to their servers. So ...
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Why did Russia ban Telegram but not WhatsApp, given the latter uses end-to-end encryption by default?

Telegram is a lot more popular in Russia compared to Whatsapp within the opposition circles. It is used by many people whom the Russian government wants to keep track of, as evidenced by the fact that ...
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What are the objectives of the TikTok ban?

An article in Wired took a look at this a few weeks ago. By and large, the experts agree with your assessment that TikTok in particular poses no special security risk and that a ban is not justified. ...
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Why isn't the Republic of Ireland a member of the Five Eyes Security Alliance?

Ireland has had a policy of neutrality as far as international relations are concerned since WWII. Although this has never been formally codified in their constitution, and indeed recently such an ...
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Why isn't the Republic of Ireland a member of the Five Eyes Security Alliance?

and sharing the same views regarding Global security. I think this is a fundamental flaw in your viewpoint. Ireland has demonstrated a very different viewpoint from the UK and US and their primary ...
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What are the objectives of the TikTok ban?

I cannot offer objectives, because they are not publicly known. What I can list are benefits - possible motivations. Serve as a distraction. The current administration has a history of using news to ...
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Is there an international consensus about Privacy vs Security (How Much Data Should We Collect?)

There is no consensus. Not even among the so-called Western nations, and certainly not beyond that. Many countries use double standards for their own citizens (or residents) and those of other ...
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Why can't president Trump just ask the NSA for the emails that Hillary deleted?

He could, but it would be a waste of time: Hillary Clinton is no longer a politically relevant opponent. Trump has little to gain by persecuting her further. He has more important opponents to deal ...
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What are the objectives of the TikTok ban?

I can't speak for the motives of the administration, but the idea that TikTok is a national security risk is plausible. From location data alone, one can infer your political interests (do you go to ...
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Why isn't the Republic of Ireland a member of the Five Eyes Security Alliance?

FVEY developed from the second world war and the intelligence sharing between various allies during and after the war. Ireland was not allied to the UK and the USA during the war (it remained ...
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What is the Wyden Amendment?

The amendment would have changed the language of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to exclude browser data and search history from the expanded authority that FISA provides. However, in ...
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What are the objectives of the TikTok ban?

The objectives are very clear: lowering price for buying it. Just watch the dynamics: Trump declares ban on TikTok Microsoft "continue discussing" buying US part of TikTok. In some ...
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Why did Russia ban Telegram but not WhatsApp, given the latter uses end-to-end encryption by default?

The formal reason for the ban is Telegram's refusal to collaborate with the FSB in decrypting or tracking the messages of a purported terrorist group. (Sources: Bloomberg, court order) Quoting ...
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Political distinction between Surveillance and Wiretapping?

Definition of wiretapping: Wiretapping means connecting a concealed listening or recording device connected to a communications circuit. Two things here: This is obviously a subset of ...
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Searching for an explanation of the following Trump tweet about phone taps

It is about the non-existent wiretapping of Trump tower (not Trump personally). It was a made-up scandal at the beginning of 2017.
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What is the purpose of releasing the Nunes memo and the Schiff "counter-memo"?

TL;DR It's likely that the memos were released once the public was aware of them to avoid "coverup" accusations from both sides. The public only became aware because the committee decided to share ...
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Are there any rules/laws that would prevent 100% surveillance of Capitol/WH for transparency purposes?

Executive Privilege The government could reject it on the basis of executive privilege. Although not a law per-se, executive privilege was accepted by the Supreme Court of the United States as an ...
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Do any 2020 Democratic primary candidates support repealing the PATRIOT Act and eliminating mass surveillance in the United States?

Do any 2020 Democratic primary candidates support repealing the PATRIOT Act and eliminating mass surveillance in the United States? Opponents of the PATRIOT Act and Section 702 mass surveillance ...
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Why did Russia ban Telegram but not WhatsApp, given the latter uses end-to-end encryption by default?

I wouldn't go as far as calling Durov an "opposition activist", rather a victim. He's being persecuted by Russian government since 2014, when he refused to hand over data of Ukrainian protesters to ...
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What are the benefits of mass surveillance on U.S. citizens?

1984 by George Orwell talked exactly about this type of synario and I have quotes from the book and explanations that will answer your question about the benefits of mass surveillance. http://www....
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Is there any way I request a copy of any of my phone calls the US government has recorded over the years?

As a slightly different take than JohnFx's answer yes, you can submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the various intelligence agencies to request copies of the data they have on you. ...
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What is the purpose of releasing the Nunes memo and the Schiff "counter-memo"?

AS to your last question on purpose The purpose of the Nunes memo is: "This memorandum provides Members an update on significant facts relating to the Committee’s ongoing investigation into the ...
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Political distinction between Surveillance and Wiretapping?

Wiretapping is a subset of surveillance, in that if you are being wiretapped by the government you are being surveilled by the government. Kdog is confusing "wiretapping of Trump and Trump Tower to do ...
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Has the White House explained why President Trump connected the NSA data deletion to the Russia investigation?

Politico asked the White House, but did not get an explanation: The White House did not immediately respond to an email seeking clarity on the connection between the NSA and the Mueller probe The ...
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FBI and procedures to prevent unauthorized searches

Has the FBI created specific procedures and done anything other than making a new compliance team in order to prevent such abuses from happening in the future? In a sworn statement released January ...
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Why isn't the Republic of Ireland a member of the Five Eyes Security Alliance?

The important thing to recognize is that while Britain may think of Ireland as a "mate", Ireland thinks of the British state as the former colonial power from which it won independence violently, ...
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Is there any way I request a copy of any of my phone calls the US government has recorded over the years?

Yes, you can request that through FOIA. You just need to google the agency name that you think has those records and "FOIA" to find the instructions for submitting such a request. By law ...
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What are the odds that the FBI/NSA/etc. is actually listening, or has listened, to any of the average American's private communications?

You must assume since Snowden that the metadata of every electronic communication is collected and stored indefinitely by a government agency. You can also assume that the content is collected and ...
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What happened in the trials on "France's Watergate" on Mitterand's security wiretapping journalists etc.?

From Wikipedia page cited by OP (fr): Elle s'est terminée par le jugement du 9 novembre 2005 du tribunal correctionnel de Paris, avec la condamnation de sept anciens collaborateurs du président de ...
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