Jun 2, 2014

NSA intercepts emailed photos for facial recognition: report

The U.S. National Security Agency is scooping up large quantities of images of people for use in facial recognition programs, the New York Times reported Sunday, citing secret documents. It said the records, obtained from fugitive former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, show a ...

May 31, 2014

Privacy ruling by EU puts ISPs in pickle

Google and other Internet companies find themselves in a quandary over how to strike a balance between privacy and freedom of information as the world’s top search engine took a first step toward upholding an EU privacy ruling. Google moved overnight Thursday to put ...

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 ...

Greenwald claims his book reveals 'true picture' of Snowden

May 15, 2014

Greenwald claims his book reveals 'true picture' of Snowden

Journalist Glenn Greenwald said Wednesday his book describing the sequence of events around Edward Snowden’s release of classified documents demonstrates the fugitive former contractor was neither “reckless” nor “treasonous.” In an appearance in Washington, Greenwald said the former National Security Agency contractor carefully sorted ...

European court: Google must yield on personal info

May 14, 2014

European court: Google must yield on personal info

Google and other search engines were thrust into an unwanted new role Tuesday — caretaker of people’s reputations — when Europe’s highest court ruled that individuals should have some say over what information comes up when their names are Googled. The landmark ruling by ...

May 10, 2014

Court sides with U.S. in cellphone-tracking records case

The Justice Department does not have to turn over information on cases involving warrantless cellphone tracking if the cases ended without a defendant’s conviction, a divided U.S. appeals court ruled Friday in upholding privacy protections for people acquitted of crimes. The ruling came in ...

Cellphones: fair game for cops?

Apr 28, 2014

Cellphones: fair game for cops?

Two U.S. Supreme Court cases about police searches of mobile phones without warrants present vastly different views of the ubiquitous device. Is it a critical tool for a criminal, or is it an American’s virtual home? How the justices answer that question could determine ...

Apr 25, 2014

FBI informant linked to hacking of foreign websites: report

A hacker who became an informant for the FBI directed hundreds of cyberattacks against the websites of foreign governments, including Brazil, Iran, Pakistan, Syria and Turkey, The New York Times reported Thursday. It was unclear whether the FBI explicitly ordered the digital attacks, but ...

Google Maps offers its viewers a fresh twist on time travel

Apr 24, 2014

Google Maps offers its viewers a fresh twist on time travel

Trips down memory lane are now available on Google’s digital maps. The twist on time travel debuted Wednesday as part of the “Street View” feature in Google Maps, which attracts more than 1 billion visitors each month. Street View snapshots will now include an ...