Shhh! Be careful what you say in Egypt today

Dec 18, 2014

Shhh! Be careful what you say in Egypt today

Six months after Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi became Egypt’s president after crushing his opponents, criticism of his regime is either whispered or left unspoken amid stifling curbs on freedom of expression. A deadly crackdown on Islamist supporters of Sissi’s predecessor, Mohammed Morsi, whom he ousted last ...

Mobile apps still collecting info on children in U.S.

Dec 16, 2014

Mobile apps still collecting info on children in U.S.

More than a year after U.S. regulators issued new privacy rules for kids’ mobile apps, online stores are flooded with cute software programs that quietly collect vast amounts of data on the youngest consumers, including their location and even recordings of their voice, according ...

Dec 12, 2014

Amazon warns it could take drones testing elsewhere

Amazon, keen to blaze a trail with delivery by drone, is threatening to take much of its research for the plan outside the United States amid frustrations with U.S. regulators. “In the absence of a timely approval by the FAA to conduct outdoor testing, ...

Nov 30, 2014

Legal loophole lets Germany spy on own citizens

German lawmakers probing the surveillance activities of the U.S. National Security Agency have uncovered a legal loophole that allows their country’s foreign intelligence agency to spy on its own citizens. The agency, known by its acronym BND, is normally forbidden from eavesdropping on Germans ...

U.K. police spied on reporters for years, documents show

Nov 22, 2014

U.K. police spied on reporters for years, documents show

In January, freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail. Twelve pages of police intelligence logs noted which protests ...

CIA to get sweeping review

Nov 21, 2014

CIA to get sweeping review

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping internal review that could dramatically change how the leading U.S. spy agency is organized, officials said Thursday. In a Sept. 24 message to CIA employees, Brennan said it was time “we take a close ...

Nov 21, 2014

British telecom firm helped government spy on millions, TV station claims

Telecommunications firm Cable & Wireless helped Britain eavesdrop on millions of Internet users worldwide, a British TV channel reported Thursday, citing previously secret documents leaked by a fugitive former U.S. National Security Agency contractor. Cable & Wireless, which was bought by Vodafone in 2012, ...

Nov 19, 2014

U.S. Senate blocks government surveillance reform bill

U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a sweeping overhaul of a National Security Agency program that would have ended the government’s controversial bulk collection of data about Americans. The vote marks a blow for President Barack Obama, who had supported the reforms, and sets ...

Nov 14, 2014

U.S. spying on public's mobiles with 'dirtbox' airborne program: report

U.S. justice officials are scooping up mobile phone data from unwitting Americans as part of a sophisticated airborne surveillance program designed to catch criminals, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Small aircraft deployed by the U.S. Marshals Service from at least five major airports ...

Millions of voiceprints quietly being harvested

Oct 14, 2014

Millions of voiceprints quietly being harvested

by Raphael Satter

Over the telephone, in jail and online, a new digital bounty is being harvested: the human voice. Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals and replace passwords. “We sometimes call ...

'Love is love' as Snowden's girlfriend joins him in Russia

Oct 12, 2014

'Love is love' as Snowden's girlfriend joins him in Russia

U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden, who was granted asylum by Moscow after revealing the extent of U.S. global surveillance, has been reunited with his girlfriend in Russia, his lawyer said Saturday. Snowden’s longtime partner, American dancer Lindsay Mills, joined him in Moscow in July, it ...