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‘Right to privacy breached’: Rights group vows to take UK govt to court over DRIP law

Emergency legislation on data retention and investigatory powers rushed through the UK parliament breach the right to privacy enshrined in human rights law, claim activists pursuing court action against the British government.

The return of George Orwell and Big Brother’s war on Palestine, Ukraine and the truth - John Pilger

The other night, I saw George Orwells's '1984' performed on the London stage. Although crying out for a contemporary interpretation, Orwell's warning about the future was presented as a period piece: remote, unthreatening, almost reassuring. It was as if Edward Snowden had revealed nothing, Big Brother was not now a digital eavesdropper and Orwell himself had never said, "To be corrupted by totalitarianism, one does not have to live in a totalitarian country."

UK Moves to Legalize Mass Surveillance

New bill would reinstate controversial law struck down for invading privacy of citizens.

How Secret Partners Expand NSA’s Surveillance Dragnet

Huge volumes of private emails, phone calls, and internet chats are being intercepted by the National Security Agency with the secret cooperation of more foreign governments than previously known, according to newly disclosed documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden.

State spies can snoop on Britons' use of Google, Facebook and Twitter: GCHQ monitors citizens' use of sites without a warrant

GCHQ is allowed to spy on British citizens’ use of Facebook, Google and Twitter without an individual warrant because the firms are based overseas, it emerged last night.

Big Brother USA's spy charges are absurd - China Voice

As the most notorious surveillance country, the U.S. indictment of Chinese military officers seems almost insolent in a world still reeling at the scope of the U.S. spy network.

US funnels $317mn into UK intel hub used by NSA

The U.S. is to plough more than 300 million dollars into upgrading a military base in the UK, used as a key part of the NSA's spy programme.

Spy Station: US funnels $317mn into UK intel hub used by NSA

NSA embedded surveillance tools within exported US computer hardware

While the United States has warned against buying Chinese routers due to surveillance concerns, a new book about the Edward Snowden revelations states America has been intercepting and tinkering with routers intended for foreign customers.

German parliament to question Snowden

Germany's parliamentary committee investigating the NSA spying scandal in the country intends to call whistleblower Edward Snowden as a witness, it said on Thursday.

New law expands IRS surveillance on Americans overseas

A conservative American attorney who has previously taken cases to the United State Supreme Court and won says he plans on pursuing a fight against a new federal tax law expected to go into effect later this year.

Merkel denied access to own NSA file

US spy bosses have ignored a request from Chancellor Angela Merkel to look at her secret service file, according to reports on Wednesday. It came as the chairman of the committee investigating NSA spying in Germany resigned.

Telecoms could be forced to collect even more metadata under Obama’s NSA overhaul

An effort from the White House to revamp the rules that govern how the National Security Agency goes about getting telephone data may actually force service providers to start logging more records that they do now, a new report suggests.

NSA carried out 300 reports on Merkel

The US National Security Agency's vast eavesdropping programmes amassed more than 300 reports on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Der Spiegel has reported, citing information leaked by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

'Spy for us or we won’t let you become French'

A young Russian-born student named Anna, desperate to gain French citizenship has become the centre of a scandal in France, after alleging police tried to blackmail her into spying on members of France’s anti-gay marriage movement or face the prospect of being deported.

French Government gets 'total' access to data from Orange, a major telecoms firm

France’s top external spying agency has had 'unchecked' access to customer communications at French telecom giant Orange for decades, according to a British document leaked by former American intelligence worker Edward Snowden.

Police Chief to Fly Drones Over American Cities to “Keep you Safe”

Sam Dotson, a police chief in St. Louis, has alarmed citizens after announcing his desire to deploy drones over American cities.

Facebook to buy company that makes solar-powered drones

Facebook is expanding from the cyberworld to out of this world. Facebook is buying drone-making company Titan Aeronautics for $60 million, according to TechCrunch. Titan Aeronautics makes near-orbital, solar-powered drones that can hover in space for up to five years.

Facebook to buy company that makes solar-powered drones

Doctors asked to help spot terrorists in new 'inappropriate' NHS policy

The new policy, issued by NHS England to all health authorities, states that GP practices must train a “lead” member of staff to recognise patients who could become or have become linked to terror groups.

GCHQ identified Kinect as possible snooping tool; Microsoft denies all knowledge

Xbox 360’s Kinect camera was identified by British spy agency GCHQ as a possible tool for snooping on the public.

Euro MPs drop anti-NSA amendment offering Snowden asylum protection

The European Parliament has been thrown into disarray over an amendment urging it to ensure the safety of Edward Snowden. The ex-NSA contractor’s name was dropped from the draft, which now merely calls for the protection of whistleblowers in general.

France and US reconcile over NSA spying scandal

On the occasion of President François Hollande's visit to the US, he and American President Barack Obama said on Tuesday they have settled differences over digital spying efforts revealed by leaker Edward Snowden.

Turkey’s new internet law: policing the online mall

Since the protests in Gezi Park eight months ago freedom of expression has coming under increasing attack, both on and offline. A new law now threatens digital civil society further, handing the government excessive and arbitrary power to monitor the web.

‘The day we fight back’: 6,000 websites protest surveillance

More than 6,000 websites, including Reddit, Tumblr, Mozilla, are taking part in an online protest against government surveillance. The action marks two years since website blackouts against SOPA and PIPA and commemorates Aaron Swartz’s death.

Hackers file complaint against German government

Hacking group, the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), has filed a criminal complaint against the entire German government, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, over the spying scandal.

Lost Amid 'F*&k the EU' Controversy: The US Got NSA'd

Speculation growing that Russian intelligence gave its American political rivals a taste of their own (surveillance) medicine.

NSA bulk collection ensnares under 30 percent of phone records daily

The recently-unveiled US National Security Agency program that collects telephone records belonging to millions of Americans tracks only a small number of calls made each day, under 30-percent, officials with knowledge of the policy told reporters Friday.

US ambassador: Merkel phone tap was stupid

The US ambassador admitted on Tuesday the tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone by US security services was “stupid”. He was speaking minutes before it emerged the phone of Merkel’s predecessor was also targeted.

Swiss government tightens computer security amid NSA spying concerns

Citing worries about foreign surveillance efforts, the government of Switzerland has ordered tighter control methods on its own computer and phone technology systems in order to prevent Swiss communications from being monitored.

NSA 'tapped Gerhard Schröder's phone too'

US intelligence spied on former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder from 2002, when he was leading European opposition to the Iraq invasion, it was reported on Tuesday, adding fuel to a row over spying on incumbent Angela Merkel.

Florida moves to ban use of biometrics in schools

Florida is taking action against the old saying "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you." Lawmakers are working on a bill that would protect the rights of students from the use of biometrics after parents discovered schools in Polk County were scanning the irises of students' eyes without parental permission, while the Pinellas County School District allows schools to scan the palms of students' hands instead of accepting cash in the cafeteria. Other school systems in the state use fingerprint scanners.

Florida moves to ban use of biometrics in schools

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