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XKeyscore revelations see Pirate Party pressuring Australian government on US surveillance

David Braue | Aug. 2, 2013
It was revealed that intelligence agencies can mine data from NSA-managed databases by doing nothing more than filling out a simple Web form.

The NSA has been in damage controls since the revelation of its PRISM surveillance program, with the XKeyscore revelations only creating more headaches. The agency's head defended the programs at the Black Hat security conference even as several US senators pushed for changes to the way the NSA collects its data. The surveillance has been supported by US courts but privacy advocates are digging in for the long haul after a US House of Representatives vote on the spying activities supported them — but by a much slimmer margin than expected.


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