FISA Court Argues To Senate That It's Not A Rubber Stamp. "The FISA Court is still trying to shed its reputation as a rubber stamp," Techdirt says. "In a new letter, responding to questions from Senator Grassley, the court explains that, while it's true that it eventually approves basically all requests that the intelligence community brings before the court, that doesn't take into account the changes it requires."
Lavabit gets new crypto key, gives users 72 hours to recover e-mails. "Former users of the Lavabit encrypted e-mail service have until Thursday night to change their passwords so they can recover data that has been unavailable since the site abruptly shut down two months ago," Ars Technica reports. "Lavabit founder Ladar Levison said he was temporarily reinstating the service after obtaining a newly secured SSL key used to authenticate his server and encrypt data traveling to and from the site. Levison defiantly closed down the site after the U.S. government obtained a court order demanding that it turn over its previous private SSL key."
New ‘robocall’ regs to hit Wednesday. "New restrictions requiring businesses to get written permission before placing 'robocalls' are set to take effect Wednesday, more than a year after the regulations were announced," according to the Hill. "The Federal Communications Commission rules, which previously allowed firms to make automated telemarketing calls with only oral consent, will now require 'prior express written consent.'"
Laurene Powell Jobs has Hill's attention. "Two years after the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, is stepping more visibly onto the national political stage — and generating buzz in Washington, D.C., about her future," Politico writes. "After dropping in on lawmakers late last year, Jobs has become a regular visitor to Capitol Hill to press for immigration reform, meeting last month with GOP leaders, including House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)."
Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald to leave Britain’s Guardian newspaper. "Glenn Greenwald, the blogger and journalist who has revealed key details about the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance program, is leaving Britain’s Guardian newspaper to join a new news venture backed by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar," our own Paul Farhi reports. "The new, as-yet-unnamed news site has also sought to hire Laura Poitras, the documentary filmmaker who was instrumental in linking former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to Greenwald and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post. "