May 7, 2015

New app can send self-destructing email from ordinary accounts

A startup company wants to make your emails vanish forever — but in a good way. The firm, Confidential CC, has created an application that lets people send self-destructing messages from whatever email accounts they fancy. Unlike rival apps dedicated to sending messages or ...

Spy claims expose cracks in Merkel's coalition

May 6, 2015

Spy claims expose cracks in Merkel's coalition

A widening scandal over claims that Germany helped the U.S. spy on European targets triggered tensions in Angela Merkel’s coalition Tuesday, which analysts said could potentially prove dangerous for the “untouchable” chancellor. Pressure has mounted over reports that Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency snooped ...

Mar 31, 2015

Trading personal data

A proposed revision to the law on protecting personal information, already submitted to the Diet, would allow businesses that hold customer data to provide the information to third parties as long as the data is processed to prevent identification of the individuals. It is ...

Film about ex-U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden set for Christmas release

Feb 21, 2015

Film about ex-U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden set for Christmas release

Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone’s big-screen dramatization of U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s mass surveillance revelations will be released Dec. 25, distributor Open Road Films said Friday. “Snowden” will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the former spy agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. ...

Defense blimp stirs privacy fears

Feb 16, 2015

Defense blimp stirs privacy fears

On a crisp winter’s day, a tethered blimp almost as big as a football field slowly rises into the blue Maryland sky, casting its radar eye over greater Washington and well beyond. The Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Elevated Netted Sensor System, better known ...

With first regulations, skies open for U.S. drone flights

Feb 16, 2015

With first regulations, skies open for U.S. drone flights

President Barack Obama’s administration took the first step to opening the skies above the U.S. to widespread civilian drone flights while proposing strict limits on commercial operations and privacy rules for those flown by government agencies. The Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday unveiled a ...

Visa to fight fraud with apps

Feb 14, 2015

Visa to fight fraud with apps

The days of calling your bank to tell them that yes, you really are in Thailand and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy $200 in sarongs may be coming to an end. The payment-processing company Visa will roll out a ...