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  • Sep 16, 2014
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The Prism programme came to light when former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed details of the NSA’s collection of telephone and Internet data to The Guardian and The Washington Post newspapers in June 2013. Snowden, who fled his job in Hawaii, went into hiding in Hong Kong.

Europe's outrage over hacking tempered by necessity

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

Facebook, Yahoo want to disclose orders data

Facebook and Yahoo asked a secret court Monday to allow them to disclose data on national security orders the companies have received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The two tech companies filed separate, similar motions Monday with the secret court that oversees that law. Two other companies, Google and Microsoft, have similar motions pending with the court.

10 Sep 2013 - 12:23pm

US cybersurveillance plans will spark legal challenges: Wikipedia pioneer

While the White House gears up to reform US surveillance programmes, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales expects legal challenges targeting the United States intelligence agencies and the way they monitor online traffic.

12 Aug 2013 - 11:21am

NSA chief talks at hackers’ conference in Vegas

The head of the US National Security Agency defended the government’s much-criticised surveillance program against hecklers among a crowd of computer systems analysts Wednesday, but also had a challenge for them: If you don’t like it, lend your talent to build a better one.

13 Aug 2013 - 3:56pm

NSA revelations reframe digital life for some

In Louisiana, the wife of a former soldier is scaling back on Facebook posts and considering unfriending old acquaintances, worried an innocuous joke or long-lost associate might one day land her in a government probe. In California, a college student encrypts chats and emails, saying he’s not planning anything sinister but shouldn’t have to sweat snoopers.

23 Jul 2013 - 2:01pm

Brazil to probe local telecom operators over alleged US spying

Brazil’s telecommunications agency said on Monday that it would investigate whether local operators had violated customer privacy rules in alleged surveillance of Brazilian telecommunications data by US spy agencies.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chief executive denies US accusation of feigning confusion over Snowden's name

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Thursday rejected the US government accusation that the city's officials had feigned confusion over Edward Snowden’s name as a pretext for not detaining the intelligence leaker before he departed to Russia.

28 Jun 2013 - 8:40am 3 comments

Hong Kong minister rejects US accusations of deliberately delaying Snowden's arrest

Hong Kong’s justice secretary said on Tuesday the United States had failed to provide crucial information necessary to support its request for the arrest of whistle-blower Edward Snowden before he had left the city.

26 Jun 2013 - 5:29am 46 comments

EXCLUSIVE: US spies on Chinese mobile phone companies, steals SMS data: Edward Snowden

The US government is hacking Chinese mobile phone companies to steal millions of text messages, Edward Snowden has told the South China Morning Post. And the former National Security Agency contractor claims he has the evidence to prove it.

23 Jun 2013 - 7:20pm 11 comments

Google goes to court over US surveillance requests

Google challenges US surveillance court on First Amendment grounds Reuters in Seattle Google asked the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday to allow it to publish aggregate numbers of national security requests it receives separately from criminal requests, on First Amendment grounds.

20 Jun 2013 - 3:24pm