*N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications

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In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.

The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.

The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people.

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* Personal Data for More Than 130,000 U.S. Navy Sailors Stolen by Hackers

By Declan Dunn, TechViews.org   …..

Navy contract was hacked. Hewlett Packard informed the Navy of the breach on Oct. 27 and the affected sailors will be notified in the coming weeks, the Navy said this week.

Sensitive information included Social Security numbers and other personal information for 134,386 current and former U.S. sailors.

“The Navy takes this incident extremely seriously—this is a matter of trust for our sailors,” Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Admiral Robert Burke said in a statement.

Burke said that the investigation of the breach was in its early stages, but that the depth of the breach may run into other branches of the U.S.’s military services as well.

“At this stage we are investigating how the breach occurred and if the stolen information could be used,” the Navy said.

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