Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

UK spy agency reportedly intercepted email of delegates at G20 meetings in 2009

British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) reportedly intercepted the electronic communications of foreign politicians during G20 meetings that took place in London in 2009.


Prism doesn't have CIOs in a panic -- yet

Revelations over the U.S. National Security Agency's Prism surveillance program have much of the general public in uproar, but in terms of the controversy's impact to enterprise IT, some CIOs have measured, albeit watchful reactions.

Facebook, Microsoft disclose FISA requests, sort of

Both Facebook and Microsoft asked for and received permission to disclose FISA and other government requests for information following the Prism scandal.


Does encryption really shield you from government's prying eyes?

Encrypting data may not guard against surveillance, some experts say, while others argue in favor of taking steps to protect privacy.

Robbery suspect asks NSA for phone records to prove his innocence

A Florida man accused of armored truck robberies is calling on the NSA to help establish his alibiā€”and innocence.



Even before NSA scandal, US residents were anxious about privacy breaches

Even before bombshell disclosures of the U.S. government's massive collection of Internet and cellphone data, many U.S. residents were very concerned about privacy violations.

European commissioner demands Prism answers from US attorney general

Europe's justice commissioner has given the U.S. attorney general until Friday to explain how far the so-called Prism program went in collecting European citizens' data.

ACLU files lawsuit challenging NSA surveillance

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of a U.S. National Security Agency surveillance program targeting customers of Verizon Communications.


Senators, Google push for transparency at surveillance court

A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators has introduced legislation that would require the nation's attorney general to declassify opinions issued by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in an effort to shed light on the government surveillance programs the surveillance court approves.

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Organizations push for Congress to curtail NSA spying

Privacy advocates are pushing the U.S. Congress to rein in the U.S. National Security Agency's efforts to collect massive amounts of data from U.S. residents, as alleged in recent news reports.

Rights groups ask US spy court for justification of Verizon order

Civil rights groups have asked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) for the legal justification of the U.S. government's surveillance of Verizon's customer records.

Silicon Valley sounds off on government surveillance

News that the government is monitoring emails and Web searches has everyone talking in our video report.

Former CIA assistant Edward Snowden outs himself as NSA whistleblower

Edward Snowden tells the Guardian, 'My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.'


Businesses that accept Bitcoin may risk privacy problems

Bitcoin sales all recorded to a public ledger, which means that Bitcoin payments made to a company could permit tracking of later payments made to that address.

Intelligence director Clapper slams media leaks, offers declassified Prism explanation

In a Saturday statement, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper criticizes Prism media coverage, and release a brief document explaining PRISM legality.