German security 'by accident' taped Clinton conversation: media

Aug 16, 2014

German security 'by accident' taped Clinton conversation: media

German security agents recorded a conversation involving Hillary Rodham Clinton while she was U.S. secretary of state, media reported Friday, a potential embarrassment for Berlin which has lambasted Washington for its widespread surveillance. Clinton’s words were intercepted while she was on a U.S. government ...

Social media firms back Facebook in dispute over warrants

Aug 12, 2014

Social media firms back Facebook in dispute over warrants

Facebook’s fight against prosecutors over nearly 400 search warrants for users’ postings and other data is drawing support from other social media companies and civil libertarians. Lawyers for Foursquare, Kickstarter, Meetup, and Tumblr said Monday they were seeking to join the clash on Facebook’s ...

Shanghai court sentences GSK-linked investigators to prison

Aug 9, 2014

Shanghai court sentences GSK-linked investigators to prison

A Chinese court on Friday sentenced a British corporate investigator to 2½ years in prison for illegally obtaining private records of Chinese citizens and selling the information on to clients including drug maker GlaxoSmithKline PLC. Peter Humphrey and his American wife, Yu Yingzeng, who ...

Jul 30, 2014

OkCupid toyed with users' love lives

OkCupid — a top U.S. matchmaking website — intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp. service said on Monday, weeks after Facebook Inc. admitted to misleading users in a psychological study. OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder made a case for the practice ...

Jul 20, 2014

Snowden seeks to develop anti-surveillance technologies

Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of major U.S. surveillance programs, called on supporters at a hacking conference to spur development of easy-to-use technologies to subvert government surveillance programs around the globe. Snowden, who addressed conference attendees on Saturday ...

Jul 18, 2014

ECC linked to Benesse data theft

Major language school ECC likely bought some of the customer information stolen from rival Benessee and used it to send high school students cram school brochures.

Jul 17, 2014

WikiLeaks founder loses bid to have arrest warrant scrapped

Julian Assange on Wednesday lost a court bid to get an arrest warrant against him scrapped, leaving the WikiLeaks founder marooned in Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he sought refuge more than two years ago. The 43-year-old Assange fears extradition to Sweden to face ...

U.S. seeks email access after death

Jul 17, 2014

U.S. seeks email access after death

A group of influential U.S. lawyers says it has an answer to the question of what should happen to online accounts when a person dies. The Uniform Law Commission was expected to endorse a plan Wednesday to automatically give loved ones access to a ...

Jul 15, 2014

Why the U.S. is silent on its German spying

The White House has erected a wall of silence about being called out for spying on one of America’s closest allies. That reflects the embarrassment over the public spat with Germany and anger with Berlin for telling the world about U.S. intelligence programs. The ...

U.S. spying hasn't hurt its global image: poll

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. spying hasn't hurt its global image: poll

Widespread global opposition to U.S. electronic surveillance since the revelations of National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has not badly harmed the overall image of the United States, and it remains far more popular around the world than rising power China, according to a ...

Jul 14, 2014

China indicts U.S.-British couple in GlaxoSmithKline data-selling case

Chinese authorities have indicted British and American investigators hired by GlaxoSmithKline on charges of illegally obtaining and selling private information, state media reported Monday, as the Briton blamed the pharmaceutical company for misleading and using him. Prosecutors in Shanghai filed charges of illegally obtaining ...