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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 passwords, banking info, bitcoin addresses, anything at all that you might copy. This is not normal. This is why it is a national security risk. Caleb Chen, ...


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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 two factor authentication was added as a response to hacking attempts against Russian activists. Telegram was founded by an opposition activist Pavel Durov ...


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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. Here's a key paragraph from the Wired piece. TikTok’s fiercest opponents argue that it should be viewed as a dangerous Trojan horse for Chinese Communist Party ...


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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 amendment was rejected, neutrality is an important part of Irish foreign policy which has also precluded the country from joining organisations such as NATO, where ...


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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 allies. This goes beyond any historic differences on Irish-centric security and derives primarily from Ireland very much seeing itself primarily as a European ...


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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 nations. One group is protected by their constitution, the other isn't. Some countries are making distinctions between the content of communication and the metadata (...


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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 distract from (even) less favorable news. Contribute to a greater strategy of vilifying China as an enemy to rally against. Demonstrate strength and leadership ...


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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 the gun range? Are you attending BLM protests?), your religious affiliation (do you go to houses of worship?), and your hobbies/interests, and that alone (far ...


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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 with. Even if there is something to find, what the NSA does is warrantless wiretapping. Whatever information is obtain that way is inadmissible in a court of law....


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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 technically neutral) Moreover Ireland was not part of the Commonwealth, and the "five eyes" club was an agreement to share intelligence between the US and the British, ...


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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 Roskomnadzor (i.e. the Internet censorship department) itself: On the basis of Art. 15.4 of Federal Law No. 149-FZ "On Information, Information Technologies and ...


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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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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 surveillance, which can also include things like following a person and listening to conversations in person. The mention of a device connected to a phone or other ...


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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 the Nunes memo with the House. I have no information as to why they did that. This is somewhat speculative, but it is likely that the memos were released to the ...


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Article 17 in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks. The USA ...


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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 application of the seperation of powers doctrine from the United States Constitution (see: United States v Nixon). The specific wording of that decision includes: ...


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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 order for the amendment to be added to its parent bill it needed 60 affirmative votes, but it lost the vote 59-37. Basically, it's not that the Senate voted ...


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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 claim these programs violate the U.S. Constitution, Fourth Amendment, or may be abused. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and ...


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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. However, odds are it will be redacted to a point of it being worth very little aside from an acknowledgment that an agency has collected on you. That is, of ...


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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.bookrags.com/notes/1984/top4.html#gsc.tab=0 Surveillance 1: The Party constantly watches all citizens for any sign of rebellion or thought-crime, but tries to ...


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The resolution was non binding and had no effect. It was basically the legislative equivalent of giving the NSA a dirty look. And come Election day 2014 their base was happy because all of their representatives made a show of how they were not going to stand by and just pass the patriot act again... Well the election is over and then it is time to ...


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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 Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and their use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the 2016 ...


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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 Russia's security agencies and block Alexei Navalny's page on VKontakte, an online social network he founded. As a result, he was dismissed as CEO of VK (which he ...


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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 political malfeasance" with "wiretapping a suspected (and later charged) criminal who happens to work in Trump Tower because of their criminal actions and ...


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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 10, 2020, Christopher A. Wray, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, submitted an "implementation plan for [...] twelve FISA-specific Corrective Actions". ...


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According to Gen. Keith Alexander, the information collected by the PRISM program has been a part stopping "over 50" terrorist plots as of 2013. During a House Intelligence Committee hearing, the ex-NSA director called out three specific cases where PRISM played a role: the case of Najibullah Zazi and Adis Medunjanin, Khalid Ouazzani, and David Headley. ...


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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 Washington Post asked Richard Burr, but he did not answer: Spokesmen for the committee’s Republican chairman, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), did not respond to ...


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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, which partitioned Ireland, and which ran a policy of state violence against Irish Catholics in Northern Ireland for decades until the peace treaty in 1998. (A plan ...


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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 they have 20 days to respond. However, they can withhold records or redact them for numerous reasons (called "exemptions"). if they withhold them they ...


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