Andrew Weissmann: FBI wants real-time Gmail, Dropbox spying power.

Last week, during a talk for the American Bar Association in Washington, D.C., FBI general counsel Andrew Weissmann discussed some of the pressing surveillance and national security issues facing the bureau.

Weissmann said that the FBI wants the power to mandate real-time surveillance of everything from Dropbox and online games (“the chat feature in Scrabble”) to Gmail and Google Voice. “Those communications are being used for criminal conversations,” he said.

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Forget the Cellphone Fight — We Should Be Allowed to Unlock Everything We Own | WIRED

Who owns our stuff? The answer used to be obvious. Now, with electronics integrated into just about everything we buy, the answer has changed. The issue goes beyond cellphone unlocking, because once we buy an object — any object — we should own it. But we really don’t own our stuff anymore; the manufacturers do. Because modifying modern objects requires access to information.

Source: Forget the Cellphone Fight — We Should Be Allowed to Unlock Everything We Own | WIRED

EXCLUSIVE – U.S. to let spy agencies scour Americans’ finances | Reuters

The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters.

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