Russia has extended the residence permit of former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden by three years, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena has said. Photograph: Wikileaks handout via EPA

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by the United States for leaking extensive secrets of its electronic surveillance programmes,(...)

Microsoft, Grange Castle, in Dublin. Last week a judge ordered that Microsoft must turn over a customer’s emails that are stored. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The anonymous building on the outskirts of a sprawling industrial estate near Clondalkin may seem ordinary enough.But what lies inside is at the centr(...)

A sticker demanding asylum for US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is seen outside the partially-finished new headquarters of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Opposition parties in Berlin have threatened to ask the constitutional court to overturn the German government’s refusal to grant Edward Snowden asyl(...)

The original complaint, taken by Austrian law student Max Schrems (above) against Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes (below), argues that the DPC took the wrong decision in refusing to investigate whether Schrems’s Facebook data was given adequate protection

Trade between companies in the United States and Europe could end up a casualty of a Facebook data lawsuit referred by the Irish High Court to the (...)

A year of revelations from Edward Snowden about the secretive mass data-gathering activities of the UK’s secretive spy agency GCHQ hang as a grotesque background to the UK proposals

When earlier this year, the European Court of Justice threw out the EU’s data retention directive on the grounds that it was not fit for purpose and g(...)

Edward Snowden participating, via a video link from Moscow, in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) hearing at the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg on June 24th 2014. Photograph: Council of Europe/EPA

The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has condemned the new surveillance bill being pushed through the British parliament this week, expressing concern(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel at the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at Maracana  in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel has struck a conciliatory note in her standoff with Washington, dismissing opposition calls to freeze free-trade talks in (...)

A US flag flies in front of the Brandenburg Gate, near the US embassy in Berlin. Germany’s expulsion of the CIA station chief in Berlin is close to a diplomatic nuclear option and is unprecedented in the postwar history of German-US relations. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

A few years before he died in 2006, the former East German spy chief Markus Wolf, known as “the man without a face”, told me about the qualities he(...)

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV yesterday warned about the iPhone’s ability to track a user via its positioning technology and “view the user’s home address, unit information and whereabouts”.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Apple has been dragged into an escalating confrontation over cyber security and US spying in China after its iPhone was branded a threat to national s(...)

After the revelations last autumn, courtesy of Edward Snowden, that the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) was involved in widespread phone(...)