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Edward Snowden: 'I'm not an unhappy ending' for future whistleblowers

Speaking at a conference Snowden refused to be seen as a warning sign to future leakers, saying of his time in Russia: ‘I am actually more effective now’<p>It’s not hard to argue that Edward Snowden is a warning to future leakers of government secrets. He’s stuck in Russia. Can only show up at parties …

Surveillance

Snooper's charter: cafes and libraries face having to store Wi-Fi users' data

Coffee shops running Wi-Fi networks may have to store internet data under new snooping laws, Theresa May has said.<p>Small-scale networks such as those in cafes, libraries and universities could find themselves targeted under the legislation and forced to hand over customers’ confidential personal …

Surveillance

Apple calls on UK government to scale back snooper's charter

Apple has called for changes to the UK government’s investigatory powers bill, over fears it would weaken the security of “personal data of millions of law-abiding citizens”.<p>In a submission to the bill committee, released on Monday, the Californian technology firm expressed major concerns and …

Privacy

Investigatory Powers Bill: what's in it, and what does it mean?

Internet service providers will have to store the details of every website people visited for 12 months if the new draft Investigatory Powers Bill is …

Police clamp down on feared unrest on Million Mask march

Scotland Yard is to deploy thousands of extra police officers and impose tough public order restrictions over fears that a Bonfire night protest in London against austerity and increased state surveillance will turn violent.<p>The Million Mask march planned for Thursday night is part of a global …

Demonstration

New laws to allow spies to hack people’s smartphones and computers

The investigatory powers bill will give greater powers to MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, according to reports<p>New laws will allow spies in Britain to hack people’s smartphones and computers, according to reports.<p>The investigatory powers bill, due to be outlined next month, will give greater powers to MI5, MI6 …

US drone 'precision' doubted

Civilian deaths from US drone strikes aimed at terrorists could be higher than assumed, according to Pentagon papers leaked to the website The …

Court ruling restarts debate on NSA spying

Two years after Edward Snowden revealed massive monitoring by US intelligence services, the European Court of Justice is forcing Europeans to deal …

Whistleblower Edward Snowden hails 'Safe Harbor' data sharing verdict

US whistleblower Edward Snowden has praised the European Court of Justice's decision to invalidate a 15-year-old pact allowing data transfers between …

Edward Snowden: US has not offered me plea deal

The US justice department has made no effort to contact Edward Snowden to discuss a plea deal that would see him return from exile in Russia, the NSA whistleblower said in an interview on BBC Panorama to be broadcast on Monday night.<p>Snowden, who is wanted under the Espionage Act after leaking tens …

Surveillance

Secret service workers spied on lawmaker investigating them – report

Scores of US secret service employees improperly accessed the decade-old, unsuccessful job application of a congressman who was investigating scandals inside the agency, a new government report said on Wednesday. An assistant director suggested leaking embarrassing information to retaliate against …

Secret Service

MI6 spy found dead in locked bag 'probably worked undercover as woman'

An MI6 spy found dead inside a locked bag worked undercover as a woman, a forensics expert has claimed.<p>Codebreaker Gareth Williams, whose naked body …

MI5 pays UK Muslims to spy on terror suspects

MI5 is paying Muslim informants for controversial short-term spying missions to help avert terrorist attacks by homegrown Islamist extremists.<p>Individuals across the UK, including in Manchester and London, are being employed on temporary assignments to acquire intelligence on specific targets, …

Surveillance

US spy chief's 'highly unusual' reported contact with military official raises concerns

Barack Obama’s intelligence chief is said to be in frequent and unusual contact with a military intelligence officer at the center of a growing scandal over rosy portrayals of the war against the Islamic State, the Guardian has learned.<p>James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, is said …

National Security

Website that stores politicians deleted tweets 'blocked by Twitter'

Politiwoops website blocked by Twitter despite opposition from transparency groups<p>The Politwoops website that saved tweets deleted by politicians said Monday that Twitter had blocked its access to the social media giant, halting its operations across 30 countries.<p>The Open State Foundation started …

Internet

AT&T's 'extraordinary, decades-long' relationship with NSA – report

The telecoms giant AT&T has had an “extraordinary, decades-long” relationship with the National Security Agency, it was reported on Saturday.<p>Citing newly disclosed NSA documents dating from 2003 to 2013, the New York Times said in a story published with ProPublica that AT&T was described as “highly …

Surveillance

Profumo Affair 'caused real damage' to British security, claims historian

New book claims Russian spy at centre of the Profumo Affair photographed top secret documents left out by Minister of War John Profumo, after being let in to his study by his wife<p>It was one of post-war Britain’s most famous scandals – involving a Cabinet minister, a call girl and a Soviet embassy …

Questions over role of police spy in closure of music festival

What role did undercover police spy Mark Kennedy play in the closure of a long-running music festival that was enjoyed by thousands of environmental supporters? It is a question that has so far remained unanswered.<p>In 2009, up to 15,000 people were due to go to the Big Green Gathering festival and …

Music Festivals

Petition to pardon Edward Snowden rejected by Obama administration

The White House has rejected a petition to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, dubbing the former contractor’s revelations about the US government’s surveillance apparatus as “dangerous” and compromising to national security.<p>Responding to a “We the People” petition, launched after Snowden’s …

Surveillance

Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard set to be released from prison in November

Convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard will be released from prison in November, his attorneys said on Tuesday.<p>“We are grateful and delighted that our client will be released soon,” said a statement from Pollard’s lawyers, Eliot Lauer and Jacques Semmelman.<p>The former US naval intelligence analyst …

Israel

NSA will destroy millions of American calling records 'as soon as possible'

The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop examining – and will ultimately destroy – millions of American calling records it collected under a controversial program revealed by former agency contractor Edward Snowden.<p>Obama lawyers asked secret court to …

Surveillance

Peru's government brings in sweeping police access to mobile phone metadata

NSA will destroy millions of American calling records 'as soon as possible'<p>Read more<p>Peru’s government has ordered telecommunications companies to grant police access without a warrant to mobile phone users’ locations and other call data in real time and store that data for three years – a sweeping …

Privacy

France approves 'Big Brother' surveillance powers despite UN concern

France’s highest authority on constitutional matters has approved a controversial bill that gives the state sweeping new powers to spy on citizens.<p>The constitutional council made only minor tweaks to the legislation, which human rights and privacy campaigners, as well as the United Nations, have …

Surveillance

'Too easy’ to spy: Controversial snooping bill ruled illegal by UK High Court

Britain’s High Court has ruled that emergency surveillance legislation pushed through parliament in 2014, which gave police and security services unprecedented access to citizens’ private data, is illegal.<p>The High Court ruled against the former Lib Dem-Conservative coalition’s Data Retention and …

Spy chiefs warned Thatcher government about claims MP had 'penchant for small boys'

Newly uncovered files show former MI5 director general Sir Antony Duff wrote to the then Cabinet Secretary in 1986<p>Spy chiefs warned the Thatcher government that allegations an MP had a "penchant for small boys" risked causing it political embarrassment, documents have revealed.<p>Child abuse …

'We Are Drowning in Material'

In an interview, Julian Assange, 44, talks about the comeback of the WikiLeaks whistleblowing platform and his desire to provide assistance to a …

China feared CIA worked with Sheldon Adelson's Macau casinos to snare officials

China feared that casinos in Macau owned by the billionaire gambling magnate and Republican party funder Sheldon Adelson were used by US intelligence agents to entrap and blackmail Chinese officials, according to a “highly confidential” report for the gambling industry.<p>The CIA allegedly worked with …

China

FOI must stay free

Perhaps those in government thought that the summer holiday season would mean their move was not noticed. After all, that is always the preference of those in power: to carry on unfettered by the meddlesome scrutiny of press or public. Unfortunately for them, the quietly announced decision to …

City of London police put Occupy London on counter-terrorism presentation with al-Qaida

Police in London have been criticised for including activists from the city’s Occupy protests alongside al-Qaida and the IRA in a presentation being given to prepare nursery and primary school staff for potential terrorist attacks on the UK.<p>The presentation, which was obtained by the Guardian …

Extremism

Convictions of 83 political campaigners in doubt over undercover police failings

The criminal convictions of another 83 political campaigners could be overturned because the involvement of undercover police was hidden from their trials, an official review has revealed.<p>The home secretary, Theresa May, said the safety of the convictions was causing concern and described the …

Corruption