Ben Wizner: detects a greater political sophistication and awareness in Silicon Valley. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Edward Snowden’s lawyer, Ben Wizner, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s speech, privacy and technology project, was in town this week.I (...)

The new documenary about Edward Snowden will open in the US later this month. Photograph: The Guardian/EPA

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who blew the whistle on the US government’s mass surveillance programs, has been (...)

Some EU countries may require that citizen and business data remain within their borders.  Photograph: Getty Images

Who can get at your data? As companies gradually embrace various aspects of cloud computing, using software, services, and hardware located somewhere(...)

A sign on the New York Stock Exchange before Twitter’s IPO last year: the company is  suing the US Department of Justice, claiming users’ First Amendment rights are being violated. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Twitter has filed a lawsuit against the US government, seeking to ease restrictions on public disclosures of how often the company receives requests f(...)

Revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden of large-scale surveillance by the NSA showed that we were living in a ‘golden age of surveillance,’Bruce Schneier said. Photograph: Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras/Courtesy of The Guardian/Handout via Reuters

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has turned the internet into a “giant surveillance platform,” a leading security specialist has said. Bruce Schn(...)

Billionaire Larry Ellison, chairman of Oracle, gestures as he speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 conference in San Francisco, California yesterday. Oracle said its cloud service will match rival Amazon.com’s pricing as it competes to help companies operate databases and software over the internet rather than at their own data centres. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

In San FranciscoOracle is to open two major new cloud data centres in Germany, in a move clearly designed to address German concerns about potential s(...)

Dermot Desmond invested in cyber-security firm Vahna. Photograph: Eric Luke

There are few Irish investors better than Dermot Desmond at spotting the next big thing. His latest investment in Vahna, a cyber-security firm, comes (...)

Bruce Schneier: “So much surveillance is piggy-backed on corporate servers. I think it’s funny when someone like [Google chairman] Eric Schmidt is complaining about government surveillance.”

Renowned security expert Bruce Schneier is on the phone from a US airport, and there’s an awful lot of commotion going on in the background.A bleeping(...)

A new National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen under construction in Bluffdale, about 40 kms south of Salt Lake City, Utah. Photograph:  Jimmy Urquhart/ Reuters)

IIU, the private equity firm led by financier Dermot Desmond, has invested in Vahna, a cyber-security firm. The United States company is led by Brenda(...)

In an unprecedented rebuke to the security policies of Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu (above), dozens of reserve soldiers have said they would no longer spy on Palestinians living under occupation. Photograph: Reuters/Nir Elias

Dozens of reserve soldiers from Israel’s top electronic surveillance unit say they will no longer spy on Palestinians living under occupation, in an u(...)