Monthly Archives: October 2015

EU Members Must Do More to Protect Whistleblowers – Charity

Members of the European Union must increase legal protections for whistleblowers, the chief executive of the Public Concern at Work charity told Sputnik on Friday. Daria Chernyshova — On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution urging EU countries to grant protection to US intelligence

US Congress Signs Off on Latest $50Bln Spy Agencies’ Budget

The US Congress is maintaining the budget for the country’s 16 main intelligence agencies of more than $50 billion, the Office of Director of National Intelligence announced in a media release. The intelligence agencies’ budget, often referred to as the “black budget,” was slightly reduced

MEPs vote in favour of giving Snowden asylum in EU

The European Parliament has called on EU member states to drop all criminal charges against Edward Snowden and protect him against extradition to the United States. MEPs voted 285 votes to 281 in favour of a resolution that the NSA whistleblower should be allowed to

Edward Snowden praises EU parliament vote against US extradition

Edward Snowden on Thursday hailed as “extraordinary” and a “game-changer” a vote in the European parliament calling on member states to prevent his extradition to the US. The parliament voted 285-281 to pass a largely symbolic measure, a resolution that called on European Union member

NSA can keep illegally spying on Americans into November

The NSA can continue its illegal spying on Americans for one final month after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that wanted it shut down immediately. The New York Appeals Court declined to block the surveillance program, which is due to be overhauled in November,

US Court Declines to Immediately Halt NSA Phone Spying Program

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled for NSA phone data collection to continue. Bulk phone data collection under the US National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program should continue until the end of the congressionally-mandated transition period to a new protocol, the

European Parliament Demands an End to Persecution of Snowden

The resolution was adopted Thursday by a majority of votes. The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday, calling the EU states to end any persecution of whistleblower Edward Snowden and give him protection. The European Parliament just voted for an amendment in its redolution on

Snowden slams UK government over encryption ‘backdoor’ plans

The UK government wants backdoor access to communications for “everything people actually use”, Edward Snowden has claimed. The former NSA contractor took to Twitter to criticise comments from Baroness Shields, the UK minister for internet safety and security, over her position on encrypted data. Shields

The spooks have come out of the shadows – for now

The UK surveillance agency GCHQ had only a small public relations team up until June 2013. As the most secretive of the intelligence agencies, it did not really need anything more. The duties were not arduous, with inquiries from the national media invariably met with

The Economic Consequences Of State Surveillance Programs

State surveillance programs spell serious consequences for business could Canada be next? A few weeks ago the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rendered a judgment in Case C-362/14 that invalidated the Safe Harbour Decision that heretofore had allowed U.S. companies to transfer

Germany to investigate Google, Facebook data transfers to US

Data protection authorities in Germany have announced that they will review the legality of internet giants’ data transfers from the EU to the US, after the European Court of Justice ruled that Europeans’ data isn’t safe from intelligence services on US-based servers. The Hamburg Commissioner

Is the NSA trying to warn us that cryptography is dead?

Back in August, the NSA released an updated advisory that was at once interesting and expected: It said that the world had to prepare for the oncoming impact of quantum computers, and the possibility that these devices could render existing computer cryptography almost completely obsolete.

Snowden Slams CISA: The US Surveillance Bill Touted as Cybersecurity

Edward Snowden was among privacy advocates to pan the controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) on Monday night before the bill moved to the US Senate on Tuesday. The NSA-contractor-turned-whistleblower joined digital rights groups including Fight for the Future and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, along

The IRS Has Some of the Same Spy Tech As the NSA and FBI

“Stingrays” are small devices around the size of a briefcase that pretend to be a cellphone tower to trick unwitting phones into handing over identifying information. Government agencies like the NSA and the FBI have been using them to surrepticiously track people for years, and