Cyber privacy

Europe's outrage over hacking tempered by necessity

European Commisssioner for Justice, Viviane Reding, has sent a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder saying the answers he gives when they meet in Dublin today could affect the transatlantic relationship. Photo: EPA

Indignation was sharp and predictable across Europe - a continent where privacy is revered. Yet anger over revelations of US electronic surveillance has been tempered by an indisputable fact: Europe wants the information that America intelligence provides.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 3:56am

Time to stop the tech giants snooping on us

Illustration: Craig Stephens

The events surrounding whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the ex-CIA analyst and until a few days ago a Booz Allen Hamilton employee, have an element of tragedy as well as farce.

The tragedy comes from the witch-hunt that is being used to cover up the news that US security agencies have been gathering data about us from the big technology firms for years.

13 Jun 2013 - 2:19am 3 comments

US surveillance policy shows it cannot be trusted

US government Confirms multiple surveillance programs after details leak to media. Photo: AFP

How often have we heard American leaders talking about transparency and accountability? The US holds itself up as the world's shining example of good governance, the moral judge of democracy, rule of law, media freedom and basic rights. These are standards by which we all should ideally live.

12 Jun 2013 - 1:20am 5 comments

What will Hong Kong do with Edward Snowden? The world is watching

Edward Snowden. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong has a celebrated place in history as a safe haven for revolutionaries: Sun Yat-sen, Ho Chi Minh and José Rizal spent time here fine-tuning ideological positions, formulating strategies and gathering support.

11 Jun 2013 - 7:18am 3 comments