Imagine you get a letter in the post offering you free water. Instead of paying Irish Water for your supply, another company promises you a generous q(...)

 “Over the past 30 years or more, the Chinese government has gradually given more freedom to people in areas of life deemed to be non-sensitive,” says William Nee of Amnesty. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

China has issued a draft of a wide-ranging law on national security, which includes calls for cyberspace sovereignty but also covers everything from (...)

Angela Merkel: “I once said that spying on friends is not on.That seems to be a more ambitious goal than I thought, but we have to work towards this”

Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted it was “ambitious” of her to demand that the US should not spy on Germany after revelations of just that by Edw(...)

Austria’s interior ministerJohanna Mikl-Leitner. Ms Mikl-Leitner announced that Austria has filed a legal complaint over suspicions of spying by Germany’s BND agency.  Photograph: Hans Techt/EPA

Austria has filed a legal complaint over suspicions that Germany’s BND intelligence agency and the US National Security Agency might have spied on its(...)

European data regulators risk damaging the EU business market by fragmenting regulation into 28 individual national markets, Facebook has warned. Photo: Reuters

European data regulators risk damaging the EU business market by fragmenting regulation into 28 individual national markets, Facebook has warned today(...)

An ambulance carrying the coffin of a death row prisoner arrives at Wijayapura port after returning from the prison island of Nusakambangan in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia. An Indonesian firing squad executed eight convicted drug-traffickers from several countries on Wednesday, prompting Australia to recall its envoy to Jakarta and bringing an angry reaction from Brazil. Photograph: Beawiharta/Reuters 1:37

Australia will withdraw its ambassador from Indonesia in protest at the execution of two of its citizens for drug smuggling.Prime minister Tony Abbott(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: when her own phones were tapped, she said, “Spying on friends is just not on.” Photograph: Roni Rekomaa/AFP/Getty Images

When confronted with Edward Snowden’s allegations of US National Security Agency mass surveillance of European citizens, EU institutions, and even on(...)

Lawyers, privacy activists, academics and other experts meet to discuss issues around digital privacy at the inaugural Digital Rights Europe conference in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Thinkstock

Social media is increasingly being used by police authorities and citizens are essentially being used as tools to enable their own surveillance, a con(...)

Max Schrems says his one-man campaign could yet challenge one of the world’s biggest companies. Photograph: AFP

As eight television cameras jostled to get a shot of Max Schrems in Vienna, Facebook must have rued the day it signed him up in 2008.In a veneer-panel(...)

 Whistleblower Edward Snowden: disclosures of large scale, secretive state surveillance.   Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

When Edward Snowden’s disclosures of large scale, secretive state surveillance began to emerge via the Guardian newspaper nearly two years ago, hum(...)