Edward Snowden

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Is this the NSA whose mass snooping was exposed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden? Photograph: Natalia Fedosenko\TASS via Getty Images

It is not every day that I hear from a huge American surveillance outfit like the National Security Agency, the one whose mass snooping was exposed by(...)

An exhibit on the assassination of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Photograph: Justin T Gellerson/New York Times

A few blocks south of the National Mall in Washington, DC, a sparkling new building has become the latest addition to the city’s museum scene. The In(...)

Despite attempting to steer Facebook in a more privacy focused direction, chief executive Mark  Zuckerberg could turn to metadata to fuel targetted advertising.  Photograph: Reuters/Stephen Lam/File

Mark Zuckerberg believes the future of social networking lies in private messaging. His convictions are so strong that he plans to merge the messagin(...)

People in a Huawei shop in Bangkok, Thailand: Some network operators in Europe are warning  a Huawei ban could push back deployment of 5G by as much as three years. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha

There is a curious paradox about Huawei. It is the probably the most successful mobile phone company you never realised you used. Of those who do know(...)

Taking a security bet on Huawei in 5G networks when its main competitors, Ericsson and Nokia, are European no longer feels sensible. Photograph: Getty Images

During the Maoist cultural revolution in China, a young soldier called Ren Zhengfei was sent to the northeastern city of Liaoyang to help build a clot(...)

We are more cynical about tech company claims, less inclined to believe their excuses or tolerate their repeated apologies. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

No matter how you look at it, 2018 was a game-changing year for data privacy, because of you, the general public. You began to ask questions and deman(...)

A study carried out by Italian researchers found that participants were willing to sell data for a median minimum price of €2

It has been a watershed year for internet users: the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook scandal highlighted the extent to which tech giants are harvesti(...)

Dark web: 'I could make you physically sick in minutes by showing you stuff now, but the second or the third or fourth time you see it you can get desensitised.' Illustration: iStock/Getty

A “regular” murder can be arranged for $45,000, while making a victim disappear without a trace costs $60,000. A straightforward crippling is $12,000 (...)

 Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, joint winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Photographs:  Lucas Jackson/Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Two leaders of the struggle against sexual violence in war have won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, a choice that will hearten campaigners fighting for(...)

Satellite dishes at GCHQ’s outpost at Bude, Cornwall: intercepts are legitimate in pursuit of terrorists or criminals. Photograph: Kieran Doherty

Safeguards for UK citizens whose communications are being intercepted by the intelligence and police services are inadequate, a European court has rul(...)

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