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(...)

Apple  attracted long lines of shoppers today for the global debut of its latest iPhones, the company’s biggest product introduction this year. Photograph: George Frey/Bloomberg

Apple’s use of fingerprint identification with the iPhone 5S that went on sale today raises substantial privacy questions for the company and for phon(...)

A protester carrys a portrait of Edward Snowden during a weekend demonstration against secret monitoring programmes PRISM, TEMPORA and  INDECT  in Berlin.  Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters.

New revelations from former security contractor Edward Snowden that US intelligence agencies have access to a vast online tracking tool came to light(...)

A protester holds a placard showing US president Barack Obama with the phrase “Yes we scan” during a demonstration against the National Security Agency  and in support of Edward Snowden in Frankfurt. Photograph:  Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters.

The deputy director of the US National Security Agency said today that no one had been fired and no one had offered to resign over former security co(...)

A family attend a  24-hour vigil calling on Congress to pass immigration reform in Los Angeles. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The most significant overhaul of US immigration laws in a generation easily cleared the final obstacle to passage yesterday, when 68 US senators, incl(...)

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy, left, and Senator Chuck Schumer, centre, shake hands with supporters after the committee approved legislation to overhaul US immigration laws, in Washington, last night. Photograph: Drew Angerer/The New York Times

A US Senate panel last night approved legislation to give millions of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship, setting up a spirited debate ne(...)

The White House is creating a new senior adviser position to focus on internet and privacy policy. The leading contender for the job is Nicole (...)