NEWS 09.March.2016

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The FBI has changed its privacy rules regarding how freely agents can gain access to and search data collected by the National Security Agency that involves the communications of Americans. It just won’t say what the changes are.

Additionally, there’s no word on when the changes were actually made, since that information is classified as well.

The revisions concern Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which permitted the FBI to access data obtained by the NSA via the “PRISM” program. That data included emails, texts and phone calls made by foreigners. However, if any of the communications involved Americans, then that data could be accessed and retrieved as well.

According to a new report by The Guardian, the FBI confirmed that privacy changes were made based on recommendations made in 2014 by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) watchdog group. However, Bureau spokesman Christopher Allen said“we cannot comment further due to classification.”  

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Pentagon admits using drones to spy on Americans
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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said that the FBI’s claim to need Apple to unlock the iPhone a San Bernardino shooter is a sham.

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The list of serious diseases caused by the Zika virus is growing, as a new study has shown that, apart from causing brain deformations among newborns and grave neurological ailments in adults, it may also be linked to a dangerous paralyzing disorder.

The Zika virus could lead to an inflammation of the spinal cord called acute myelitis, a group of French researchers say in a study published in the Lancet medical journal, based on the case of a 15-year-old girl diagnosed with myelitis in January.

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Orbital Sciences Corporation, the US maker of the Antares rocket, has ordered eight additional RD-181 engines under an option of the 2014 contract with Energomash, the Russian company announced.

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Reported child abuse cases in the UK have risen by over 30 percent in the last year, with an average 124 cases reported per day, new research has shown.

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Britain’s anti-radicalization strategy, Prevent, may foster mistrust and alienate Muslim communities, English cardinal Vincent Nichols said at an interfaith event.

Speaking at a lecture alongside Jewish and Islamic leaders on Tuesday night, Cardinal Vincent Nichols warned that the controversial Prevent program, which requires public institutions such as schools and hospitals to report suspected radicalism to the authorities, may be a counterproductive strategy.  

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