Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

2014-04-15 08:02

The Washington Post and The Guardian has won the Pulitzer Prize in public service for revealing the US government's sweeping surveillance programmes in a blockbuster series of stories.

Tech giants growing ambitions ‘spook’ Americans

2014-04-07 14:01

The data gathering abilities of Google and other tech companies has sparked growing unease among Americans, with a majority worried that internet companies know too much.

Encryption rises as panic over spying mounts

2014-03-31 08:00

Investors are pumping millions of dollars into encryption as unease about data security drives a rising need for ways to keep unwanted eyes away from personal and corporate information.

Obama puts forward plan ending NSA collection

2014-03-27 21:16

President Barack Obama has put forward his plan to end US government bulk collection of Americans' telephone records.

Huawei denounces US spying activities

2014-03-23 14:00

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has condemned alleged US National Security Agency infiltration and spying on its corporate network revealed by a German magazine.

UK, US spies took millions of webcam Yahoo images

2014-02-28 12:49

US senators say British and US spy agencies showed a "breathtaking lack of respect" for privacy after they had stored images from webcams used by millions of Yahoo users.

Australia-Indonesia military relations frosty

2014-02-20 11:49

Australia's defence chief has admitted that military relations with Jakarta were at a "go-slow" point after the navy repeatedly breached Indonesian waters during crackdowns on people-smuggling.

France to invest €1bn to update cyber defence

2014-02-08 12:51

France has unveiled plans to bolster long-neglected defences against cyber attacks, with €1bn of investment foreseen to bring the country's technology up to speed with Nato partners.

Snowden leaks cause Pentagon change

2014-02-04 21:14

A top US military intelligence official says the Pentagon will have to make costly changes to programmes and personnel because of leaks by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden.

Angry Birds site hacked after surveillance claims

2014-01-29 16:30

Angry Birds creator Rovio Entertainment says the game's home pages have been hacked, after reports that the data of its customers have been accessed by spy agencies.

Obama to bypass gridlock in Congress - speech

2014-01-29 10:40

President Barack Obama, looking to energise his sluggish second term, used his biggest speech of the year to push for programmes to narrow economic disparities between rich and poor.

NSA spying illegal, violation: Watchdog

2014-01-24 13:27

A watchdog panel has concluded that bulk data collection by the United States is illegal and should be stopped, prompting praise from intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

Tech leaders warn of snooping fallout

2014-01-22 21:06

Hi-tech bosses have demanded authorities change their murky ways in the wake of revelations of a vast snooping campaign by the US and other governments.

Snowden may use a trial to showcase spy claims

2014-01-21 09:49

Legal academics have suggested that if Edward Snowden ever returned to the US he may use a trail to expose even more secrets, an embarrassment the Obama administration may not want.

Obama's NSA announcement just the starting point

2014-01-16 17:56

The plan that President Barack Obama is expected to announce for overhauling the government's sweeping surveillance programme is just the starting point.

FBI: Snowden is no whistleblower

2014-01-10 11:31

FBI Director James Comey says he does not consider Edward Snowden worthy of being called a whistleblower or hero, and was baffled by reports granting him the label.

Obama nearing a decision on intelligence review

2014-01-08 22:26

President Barack Obama is hosting a series of meetings as he nears a final decision on changes to the government's controversial surveillance programmes.

Syrian group hacks Skype

2014-01-02 08:54

The Syrian Electronic Army hacker has group set its sights on Skype's social media accounts to accuse Microsoft of spying on user data.

NY judge rules NSA phone surveillance is legal

2013-12-28 08:07

A federal judge has found that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is legal and a counters the threat of terrorism.

Edward Snowden: Mission accomplished

2013-12-24 10:50

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden said his "mission's already accomplished" after revealing NSA secrets that have caused a reassessment of US surveillance policies.

US: Snowden should face charges

2013-12-17 10:51

The White House says a National Security Agency official who suggested the US consider granting Edward Snowden amnesty was expressing his personal opinion.

Calls for US to reform surveillance laws

2013-12-09 15:18

Leading US-based technology companies have called on Washington to overhaul its surveillance laws following revelations by Edward Snowden.

Australia raids home of East Timor lawyer

2013-12-04 10:09

Australia's secret service has raided the homes of a lawyer and a former spy who intends to allege in an international court in The Hague that Australia bugged the East Timorese Cabinet.

Guardian editor to be grilled over Snowden

2013-12-03 16:57

The editor of Britain's Guardian newspaper, Alan Rusbridger, is to appear before lawmakers to defend the publication of intelligence documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

US spied on G8, G20 summits - report

2013-11-28 08:33

Canadian authorities allowed the National Security Agency to spy in the country during the G8 and G20 summits in Ontario in 2010, according to reports.


Snowden calls for global deal on surveillance

2014-04-09 09:43

Fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden says there should be an international agreement on data collection to protect against the mass surveillance of citizens.

A difficult breakup between US, internet

2014-04-07 12:05

A plan that would see the US relinquish its key oversight role for the internet to the 'global multistakeholder community' may be more difficult to fulfill then previously realised.

Obama seeks quick end to NSA spy programme

2014-03-28 12:10

US President Barack Obama has asked Congress to end quickly the government's bulk collection of phone records, which could be a big ask for lawmakers who often drag their feet.

Obama to propose ending NSA phone sweeps

2014-03-26 10:43

The White House and some lawmakers are pushing forward with changes to a massive telephone surveillance programme that has raised privacy concerns from Republicans and Democrats alike .

NSA: Snowden does disservice to whistle-blowers

2014-03-20 20:48

NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett has spoken out against former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, saying he does a disservice to whistle blowers.

Spy fears lead to privacy protected smartphone

2014-02-26 12:03

Edward Snowden's revelations of US government spying, two online security specialists companies have launched a privacy protected device called Blackphone.

Snowden elected as Glasgow's new rector

2014-02-19 12:22

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has been elected as rector at a top Scotland University, a post previously held by Albert Luthuli and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

US spied on Merkel's predecessor as well

2014-02-05 10:06

US intelligence spied on former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder from 2002, NDR television reports, adding fuel to the flames of a row over spying on incumbent Angela Merkel.

Snowden should return documents: US spy chief

2014-01-30 09:31

A top US intelligence official has called for Edward Snowden and journalists who obtained documents the former contractor took to return the materials to authorities.

Snowden nominated for Nobel Prize

2014-01-29 14:07

Two Norwegian lawmakers say they have jointly nominated former NSA contractor Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

Spies use apps to track people - report

2014-01-27 22:31

Documents leaked by former NSA contactor Edward Snowden suggest that spy agencies have a powerful ally in the apps installed on smartphones across the globe.

Snowden sees 'no chance' for fair trial in US

2014-01-24 06:56

Fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden says he has no plans to return to the United States, because he would have "no chance" for a fair trial.

Snowden denies being Russian spy

2014-01-22 08:46

Edward Snowden has rejected suggestions he was a Russian spy, saying in remarks published in The New Yorker that he acted alone in exposing US surveillance programmes.

Obama scales back NSA programme

2014-01-17 22:31

President Barack Obama has banned US eavesdropping on the leaders of close friends and allies and began reining in the vast collection of Americans' phone data in a series of reforms.

Snowden worked at US embassy in India

2014-01-13 15:59

Edward Snowden worked briefly at the US embassy in India almost three years before revealing the scale of his country's surveillance programmes, a report has shown.

Lawmakers: Snowden's leaks may endanger troops

2014-01-09 22:38

Two congressmen have said a classified report on former NSA contractor Edward Snowden says most of the documents he took concerned current military operations.

NSA eyes encryption-breaking 'quantum' machine

2014-01-03 09:01

The US National Security Agency is making strides toward building a "quantum computer" that could break nearly any kind of encryption, The Washington Post reports.

Debate over NSA phone surveillance continues

2013-12-28 14:51

The debate over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records fell squarely into the courts when a federal judge in Manhattan upheld the legality of the programme.

Snowden: Asking cheaper than spying

2013-12-25 07:32

Edward Snowden has declared his "mission accomplished" after unveiling huge US surveillance programmes, but urged citizens to insist their governments stop spying on them.

Putin calls US global spying a 'necessity'

2013-12-19 18:52

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described US surveillance programmes as a necessity to fight terrorism.

Snowden hopes leaks will improve transparency

2013-12-11 21:31

Former US national security contractor Edward Snowden hopes his leaks of classified documents will lead to greater transparency by governments.

Tech giants call on US to reform spying laws

2013-12-09 15:04

Eight US-based technology companies have called on Washington to overhaul its surveillance laws following revelations of eavesdropping by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

Guardian: We have published 1% of Snowden leaks

2013-12-03 21:45

The editor of the Guardian has said that his newspaper has published just 1% of the material it received from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Australia offered to share data on citizens

2013-12-02 08:54

Australia's spy agency offered to share information about its own citizens with foreign intelligence partners, according to leaked documents, sparking calls for an inquiry.

Japan's lower house passes secrecy bill

2013-11-26 14:46

Japan's lower house of parliament has passed a controversial new state secrets bill, which critics say is draconian and will impinge on press freedom and the public's right to know.

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