FOIA requests show U.S. FBI could be spying on advocacy groups
We join 17 civil society groups urging the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate whether the FBI is spying on Access Now and other advocacy organizations operating in the U.S.
Five questions for Mr. Wray
What does Wray — U.S. President Trump’s pick to succeed James Comey as head of the FBI — think of encryption, Section 702 surveillance reform, and transparency?
Access Now responds to Director Comey’s termination: New FBI director must respect human rights
The change in leadership at one of the United States’ top intelligence agencies will have repercussions for vulnerable individuals and communities around the world.
Access Now endorses legislation to delay implementing Rule 41
Changes to Rule 41 in U.S. criminal procedures are substantive. We need time to fully consider impact and develop human rights safeguards before implementing them.
It just got easier for the FBI to hack devices anywhere in the world—unless U.S. Congress acts to stop it
Changes to federal Rule 41 in the U.S. could allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation to hack any computer anywhere in the world.
Snowden Revelations – One year later
On June 5, 2013, The Guardian revealed the first in a series of classified National Security Agency (NSA) document leaks provided by former government contractor Edward Snowden. The first document we saw contained an order requiring Verizon to hand over all customer metadata on “an ongoing, daily basis” to the NSA and FBI, a surveillance program as egregious as it is disproportionate. The leaked documents that followed revealed further evidence of widespread user surveillance and bulk data collection by the NSA and Britain’s GCHQ. These included tapping into Apple, Google, and Microsoft servers and listening in on private mobile phone and Skype calls. Across the world, internet users and foreign government officials alike soon learned that they were unknowing targets of NSA spying tactics.
Obama’s appointment for FBI director fails to support surveillance reform
James Comey, nominee for director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, failed to take a stand against the U.S. government’s widely publicized recent intrusions into personal privacy at his confirmation hearing. However, many of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee signaled their support for important reform.