Take Two for June 18, 2013

Apple says iMessage, FaceTime are safe from NSA surveillance

Activists Groups Protest NSA Surveillance Program

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Protesters rally outside the U.S. Capitol against the NSA's recently detailed surveillance programs June 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. Members of various action groups gathered to protest the ÒNational Security Agency's abuses of law abiding Americans.

Today NSA director Keith Alexander told the House Intelligence Committee that the government's surveillance programs have thwarted roughly 50 terrorist plots worldwide, including one directed at the New York Stock Exchange.

But there are still plenty of Americans concerned about the government monitoring their phone calls and emails. 

Which may be why Apple offers this helpful suggestion: Use iMessage. Apple vows the text messaging service is encrypted and can't be read by anyone by the sender and the receiver.

It's the latest attempt by tech giants to assuage a nervous public. National Journal's technology writer Brian Fung has been looking into this and he joins the show with more. 


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