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 5, 2014

Russia forces data move to domestic web servers

Russia’s parliament on Friday passed a law to force Internet sites that store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so inside the country, a move that the Kremlin says is for data protection but which critics see as an attack on social ...

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 ...

U.S. Supreme Court ruling protects cellphone privacy

Jun 26, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court ruling protects cellphone privacy

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that police officers usually need a warrant before they can search the cellphone of an arrested suspect, a major decision in favor of privacy rights at a time of increasing concern over government encroachment in digital communications. ...

Jun 25, 2014

Police use cybercriminals' methods to hack targets

Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker’s handbook, using targets’ own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups said Tuesday. Drawing on a cache of leaked documents ...

Jun 14, 2014

Canada's top court bolsters Internet privacy protection

Canada’s Constitution bars authorities from forcing Internet providers to turn over the identities of customers without a warrant, the Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision that better protects online anonymity. Privacy advocates say the ruling makes unconstitutional a Conservative government bill currently before ...

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 ...

German criminal probe examines Merkel phone tapping

Jun 5, 2014

German criminal probe examines Merkel phone tapping

Germany’s federal prosecutors said Wednesday they had opened an investigation over alleged snooping on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone by the U.S. National Security Agency. The long-anticipated probe, which follows an explosive allegation last year that U.S. spies had eavesdropped on Merkel’s mobile phone ...

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 ...