Britain unveils emergency laws to keep email, phone data for security

Jul 10, 2014

Britain unveils emergency laws to keep email, phone data for security

Britain said on Thursday it would rush through emergency legislation to force telecoms firms to retain customer data for a year, calling the move vital for national security following a decision by Europe’s top court. Communication companies had been required to retain data for ...

Snowden asks to extend asylum in Russia: lawyer

Jul 10, 2014

Snowden asks to extend asylum in Russia: lawyer

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied to extend his stay in Russia, his lawyer said Wednesday. Anatoly Kucherena told reporters that Snowden applied to Russia’s migration authorities “a long time ago” since his one-year permit is expiring at the end of ...

Jul 7, 2014

Merkel says U.S spying allegations are 'serious'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that allegations that a German man worked as a double agent for U.S. intelligence were serious and, if true, were a clear contradiction of what cooperation between partners is supposed to be about. The case risks further straining ...

NSA gets thumbs-up for online spying against foreigners

Jul 3, 2014

NSA gets thumbs-up for online spying against foreigners

Endorsement of the NSA’s Internet surveillance programs by a bipartisan privacy board deeply disappointed civil liberties activists Wednesday while providing a measure of vindication for beleaguered U.S. intelligence officials. James Clapper, director of national intelligence, welcomed the conclusion by the independent Privacy and Civil ...

With few checks, court gave NSA OK to spy on 193 nations: paper

Jul 1, 2014

With few checks, court gave NSA OK to spy on 193 nations: paper

The U.S. National Security Agency has been authorized to intercept information “concerning” all but four countries worldwide, top-secret documents say, according to The Washington Post. “The United States has long had broad no-spying arrangements with those four countries — Britain, Canada, Australia and New ...

NSA releases first statistics on surveillance sweep

Jun 28, 2014

NSA releases first statistics on surveillance sweep

The U.S. National Security Agency released its first “transparency report” Friday, as part of an effort to quell the firestorm over reports of its massive data collection efforts. The NSA report said that in 2013, it obtained fewer than 2,000 orders from the secret ...

Vodafone reveals shocking scale of government snooping

Jun 6, 2014

Vodafone reveals shocking scale of government snooping

Vodafone, one of the world’s largest cellphone companies, revealed the scope of government snooping into phone networks Friday, saying authorities in some countries are able to directly access an operator’s network without seeking permission. The company outlined the details in a report that is ...

Stone ready to tackle film about Snowden

Jun 4, 2014

Stone ready to tackle film about Snowden

Oliver Stone will write and direct a film about Edward Snowden, one of two high-profile films in the works about the National Security Agency leaker. Stone announced Monday he plans to adapt “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man,” ...

Snowden seeking asylum in Brazil: report

Jun 2, 2014

Snowden seeking asylum in Brazil: report

Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by American authorities and currently living in Russia, said in a TV interview Sunday that he has applied for asylum in Brazil. “I would love to live in Brazil,” Snowden told the country’s Globo TV. Snowden’s temporary ...

U.S. rejects Snowden's claim that he routinely reported NSA wrongdoing

May 30, 2014

U.S. rejects Snowden's claim that he routinely reported NSA wrongdoing

Edward Snowden says he repeatedly raised constitutional concerns about U.S. National Security Agency surveillance internally, but an NSA search turned up a single email in which Snowden asks for “clarification” on a technical legal question about training materials, agency officials said Thursday. Snowden, a ...

Fugitive Snowden claims he was 'trained as a spy'

May 28, 2014

Fugitive Snowden claims he was 'trained as a spy'

Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked details of massive U.S. intelligence-gathering programs, said in a U.S. TV interview he “was trained as a spy” and had worked undercover overseas for U.S. government agencies. In an advance excerpt of his interview in ...