EU uses Privacy Shield review to press for reform of U.S. foreign surveillance law

A one-year-old data transfer mechanism that's used by thousands of companies to authorize transfers of personal data between the European Union and the U.S. for processing has been given the thumbs up

Legal fight against UK state hacking seeks crowdfunds

Privacy rights group, Privacy International, is running a crowdfunding campaign to try to raise funds to help cover its legal costs as it continues to challenge the UK government's use of hacking as a

Challenge to data transfer tool used by Facebook will go to Europe’s top court

Facebook has bought itself a little more time over a major legal challenge in Europe after the Irish High Court decided not to strike down a b2b mechanism it uses to transfer user data to the U.S. for

Europe’s top court must rule on UK spies’ bulk powers, says tribunal

The oversight court for the UK's intelligence agencies has said Europe's top court should rule on the legality of powers that give the country's security and intelligence agencies the ability to colle

Another European e2e encrypted Gmail alternative reports rising signups

Tutanota, an end-to-end encrypted email service located in Germany, says it's seeing an "exponential" uptick in sign-ups -- crediting this to growing awareness of and concern for privacy online for a

Russia extends Snowden’s temporary residency for ‘few more years’

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has had his temporary right to remain in Russia extended, according to a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman.

UK parliament rubberstamps mass surveillance law

A controversial shoring up and expansion of state surveillance powers in the U.K. has been agreed upon by both houses of parliament, clearing the way for the formality of Royal Assent and the passing

Trump surveillance fears could lift privacy tech in Europe

The full ramifications of Donald Trump being the next president of the United States of America will not be known for months -- perhaps years. Given he's a man of many conflicting words it's near impo

Snowden says tech companies should protect privacy no matter who is president

Edward Snowden gave an extended interview today touching on numerous topics, from the Trump Presidency to his own future. Overall his message was clear: it's not about thwarting one leader or even one

EU-US Privacy Shield now officially adopted but criticisms linger

The European Commission has formally adopted a new framework for governing personal data transfers between the EU and the US, replacing the prior Safe Harbor agreement which was invalidated last fall,

Norwegian PEN chapter sues its country to ensure Snowden can receive Ossietzky Prize in person

The Norwegian chapter of writers' rights organization PEN International is suing its own government in an attempt to make it safe for Edward Snowden to accept the prestigious Ossietzky Prize in person

Documents leaked from a Panamanian law firm reveal a global web of corruption

All day, the Internet has been abuzz with stories culled from the "Panama Papers" -- roughly 2.6 terabytes of documents, related to hundreds of thousands of offshore companies, leaked from a small, re

US-EU Safe Harbor Data-Transfer Talks Enter Final Week

As negotiations on a key transatlantic data-transfer agreement enter the final week, before the EU's end of January deadline, senior US and EU officials have been discussing the state of play at the S

The Repeat Political Madness Of Never-Ending Crypto Wars

What is it with politicians and encryption? There are now two bills in different U.S. states, one in California and one in New York, proposing that smartphones sold in the state must be able to be dec

EU Parliament Votes Snowden Should Have Asylum On Human Rights Grounds

The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on Thursday voted former government contractor Edward Snowden should be granted asylum in Europe on the grounds that he is a "defender of human rights."

Snowden Says Government Has Not Responded To His Offer To Go To Jail

Edward Snowden said he wants to return to the United States -- even if that means serving jail time. The former government contractor fled the U.S. in 2013 after he leaked classified NSA documents

Europe’s Top Court Strikes Down ‘Safe Harbor’ Data-Transfer Agreement With U.S.

The European Court of Justice has today declared invalid the Safe Harbor data-transfer agreement that has governed EU data flows across the Atlantic for some fifteen years.

Can You Hear Me Now?

It's been a pretty big week for tech + privacy, with Apple overhauling the privacy-related info it pushes out to users -- sharpening its pro-privacy positioning as a marketing differentiator for its d

You Can Now Follow Edward Snowden On Twitter @Snowden

For more than two years, you've been following news about Edward Snowden on Twitter. As of this morning, you can follow the man himself. However you probably won't get a follow back. Right now he's

Print Your Own Bust Of Edward Snowden

Although police removed the original Edward Snowden bust from Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park, now you and your friends can print your own eight-inch Snowdens for placement nearly anywhere. The 3D file, a
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