The report  details how the NSA and its British equivalent, GCHQ, have been “developing capabilities to take advantage of ‘leaky’ smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds

It’s hard to imagine your average, West-hating jihadist interrupting his terrorist training regime to engage in a few minutes playing Angry Birds on h(...)

A protester holds a placard calling for Germany to give political asylum to the fugitive former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, outside the seat of the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin last month. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters
NSA officials consider Snowden amnesty
  • US
  • December 16, 2013, 16:04

National Security Agency officials are considering a controversial amnesty that would return Edward Snowden to the United States, in exchange for the (...)

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt speaks during a talk titled Connecting with the World: Empowering Young Entrepreneurs for the New Digital Age at the Chinese University of Hong Kong today. Schmidt told students in Hong Kong that internet freedom was vital to innovation. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt said widespread US government spying on its data centres would be outrageous and potentially illegal if true.(...)

A protester against US spying is escorted by Capitol Police from a hearing yesterday in which US director of national intelligence James Clapper testified on potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US and British intelligence services reportedly operate a massive data interception and storage programme involving the email and online storage servi(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy told parliament he takes the media reports on spying “very seriously”. Photograph:  Juan Medina/Reuters

Reports that Spain’s own intelligence services were involved in spying on phone calls by the country’s citizens have led to the national spy chief bei(...)

Angela Merkel’s top foreign affairs and intelligence advisers will quiz officials in Washington today over the activities of US spies in Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Angela Merkel’s top foreign affairs and intelligence advisers will quiz officials in Washington today over the activities of US spies in Germany, inc(...)

General Keith Alexander (L), director of the National Security Agency (NSA) testifies at a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington today.  Director of National Intelligence James Clapper watches on. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters.

The US National Security Agency director has defended the spy agency as acting within legal boundaries, amid a public uproar over the collection of Am(...)

An aerial view taken shows cleaning works at the US embassy in Berlin. Photograph: Reuters/Euroluftbild.de/Robert Grahn

The US National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone, according to a document published by a Spanish (...)

When US National Security Agency director general Keith Alexander was asked a year ago if the Bluffdale centre would hold the data of Americans, he replied no: “We don’t hold data on US citizens.” Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

At the Husband and Wife lingerie store in Bluffdale, Utah, in Mormon country – where babies are welcome amid the sex toys and the motto is “Classy, ta(...)

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in this still image taken from video during an interview by the Guardian in his hotel room in Hong Kong on June 6th, 2013.

A US spy programme that sweeps up vast amounts of electronic communications survived a legislative challenge in the House of Representatives, the firs(...)

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