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GCHQ and NSA targeted charities, Germans, Israeli PM and EU chief
- Unicef and Médecins du Monde were on surveillance list.
- Targets went well beyond potential criminals and terrorists.
- Revelations could cause embarrassment at EU summit.
Congressional NSA critics: review panel report gives 'momentum' for reform
Though critics concerned that panel did not adequately address how long telecoms ought to hold NSA’s desired call data.
$10m NSA contract with security firm RSA led to encryption 'back door'
- Flawed formula enabled agency to crack into products.
- RSC and NSA decline to comment.
Dave Eggers: US writers must take a stand on NSA surveillance
As the Obama administration responds to the NSA mass surveillance revelations, Dave Eggers reflects on the impact they have had on US writers, and asks if the prevailing sense of fear heralds an intellectual ice age.
Edward Snowden: 'I already won'
'For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission's already accomplished,' NSA whistleblower says.
Internet privacy as important as human rights, says UN's Navi Pillay
Navi Pillay compares uproar over mass surveillance to response that helped defeat apartheid during Today programme.
NSA 'hacking unit' infiltrates computers around the world – report
- NSA: Tailored Access Operations a 'unique national asset'.
- Former NSA chief calls Edward Snowden a 'traitor'.
Apple insists it did not work with NSA to create iPhone backdoor program
Tech giant denies knowledge of DropoutJeep tool to retrieve information and insists it 'cares deeply about customers' privacy'.
NSA and GCHQ activities appear illegal, says EU parliamentary inquiry
Civil liberties committee report demands end to indiscriminate collection of personal data by British and US agencies.
N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers
The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks.
NSA collects millions of text messages daily in 'untargeted' global sweep
- NSA extracts location, contacts and financial transactions.
- 'Dishfire' program sweeps up 'pretty much everything it can'.
- GCHQ using database to search metadata from UK numbers.
Independent commission to investigate future of internet after NSA revelations
Two-year inquiry headed by Swedish foreign minister, set up by Chatham House and CIGI thinktanks, is announced at Davos.
NSA's mass phone data collection is illegal, says government privacy board
President Barack Obama rebuked over his defence of security agency’s gathering of Americans' phone data.
NSA and GCHQ target 'leaky' phone apps like Angry Birds to scoop user data
- US and UK spy agencies piggyback on commercial data.
- Details can include age, location and sexual orientation.
- Documents also reveal targeted tools against individual phones.
Angela Merkel warns US over surveillance in first speech of third term
'A programme in which the end justifies all means … violates trust,' German chancellor says.
Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel peace prize
Two Norwegian politicians say NSA whistleblower's actions have led to a 'more stable and peaceful world order'.
Snowden revelations of NSA spying on Copenhagen climate talks spark anger
Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show NSA kept US negotiators abreast of their rivals' positions at 2009 summit.
Angry Birds site defaced with 'spying birds' spoof after NSA revelation
Games developer Rovio confirms that its Angry Birds site was hacked in protest at claims the NSA has been accessing users' data.
House committee urges US government to get behind NSA reform bill
Judiciary committee warns Obama administration to back USA Freedom Act or risk losing its counter-terrorism powers.
Twitter 'considering legal options' over US government data requests
The latest transparency report by the social network shows a 66% increase in government requests, but the company claims government restrictions 'seriously undermine the objective of transparency'.
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