Thursday, November 21, 2013

Globe Backyard TV- Security Breach

 Definition - A security breach is any incident that results in an unauthorized access to data, applications, services, networks and/or devices by bypassing their underlying security mechanisms.  A security breach occurs when an individual or an application illegitimately enters a private, confidential or unauthorized logical IT perimeter.

The public has been breached: Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mark Udall, D-Colo., reasserted their opposition to the NSA's collection of phone records data in a joint statement, in which they said significant violations of privacy in the NSA program remain classified.  "We have said before that we have seen no evidence that the bulk collection of Americans' phone records has provided any intelligence that couldn't be gathered through less intrusive means and that bulk collection should be ended," according to the joint statement.

"The court entrusted NSA with extraordinary authority, and with it came the highest responsibility for compliance and protection of privacy rights," NSA Director Keith Alexander wrote in one of the declassified documents.  "In several instances, NSA implemented its authority in a manner inconsistent with the orders, and some of these inconsistencies were not recognized for more than two and a half years." 

New documents, including once-secret court opinions and disclosures to congressional committees, show that the NSA was under strict judicial supervision when collecting information connected to Americans.  But they also make clear that the agency repeatedly failed to comply with its guidelines. Violations were caused by "poor management, lack of involvement by compliance officials and lack of internal verification procedures, not by bad faith." (Yeah Right) 

The Fourth Amendment has been violated which states, "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."  For years, the Fourth Amendment also included a person's mail and phone calls, which is why the wiretapping of the '60s and '70s were a major controversy.

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