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Skype, Microsoft cleared in Luxembourg NSA investigation

Luxembourg's data protection authority cleared Microsoft and its subsidiary Skype of data protection violations related to the U.S. National Security Agency's Prism spying program, the agency said Monday.

British spies monitor hotel bookings of diplomats around the world

The U.K.'s intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has reportedly built an automated system to track the hotel bookings of foreign diplomats when travelling abroad for international summits or work meetings.

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Google slams U.S. government in latest transparency report

Google's numbers show the U.S. government is the nosiest in the world, but it's the data that Google can't disclose that has the company lawyering up.

Report: CIA pays AT&T for international call data

AT&T supplies information on international calls that travel over its network, including ones that start or end in the U.S., under a voluntary contract with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, The New York Times reported Thursday.

"We have to make surveillance expensive again" says Bruce Schneier

The ongoing revelations of governmental electronic spying point to a problem larger than NSA malfeasance.

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Dutch civil society groups sue government over NSA data sharing

A coalition of defense lawyers, privacy advocates and journalists has sued the Dutch government over its collaboration and exchange of data with the U.S. National Security Agency and other foreign intelligence services.

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Trade some privacy for a special offer? Consumers aren't sure

Consumers are getting more aware that they can be tracked while they walk around stores but plenty still feel uncomfortable about it, according to a new survey.

NSA-dodging services launch Dark Mail Kickstarter to create truly secure email

Email as it is today can never be truly secure, so the makers of Lavabit and Secure Circle want to drag email into tomorrow via their Dark Mail Kickstarter campaign.

Senate panel approves bill to continue NSA surveillance

The proposed bill would allow the NSA to continue collecting millions of U.S. telephone records, despite an outcry that the program violates the U.S. Constitution.

EU Council chief did not use Russian USB stick given to summit leaders

Media reports Tuesday allege that President Herman Van Rompuy found the suspicious device in a gift bag from the G20 Summit in early September.

U.S. intelligence officials defend spying on foreign leaders

The director of the NSA told the hearing that ending the agency's bulk collection of U.S. telephone records would set U.S. intelligence back to pre-2001 levels.

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Zuckerberg said what about privacy? Researchers create archive to find out

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is hosting the Zuckerberg Files, a digital treasure trove containing over 100 full-text transcripts and about 50 video files documenting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s public statements.