The Yahoo campus in Sunnyvale, California. It is not known what information intelligence officials were looking for, only that they wanted Yahoo to search for a set of characters. Photograph: Noah Berger/Reuters

Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by US i(...)

Edward Snowden speaking via video link during a news conference in New York City last week. The Washington Post said he should show himself “willing to go to jail for [his] beliefs”. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The Washington Post has stunned many people in the United States, including a large section of the country’s journalistic community, by coming out aga(...)

 Edward Snowden speaks via video link at a news conference for the launch of a campaign calling for President Obama to pardon him on September 14th, 2016. Germany’s foreign intelligence agency’s activities were exposed by leaks by Mr Snowden. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Germany’s foreign intelligence agency (BND) illegally collected and stored masses of data from innocent German citizens who were unwittingly dragged (...)

A file image from earlier this year of Edward Snowden speaking  via remote at a research conference at the MIT Media Lab in the US.  Photograph: The New York Times

The US whistleblower Edward Snowden has attacked his Russian protectors by criticising the Kremlin’s human rights record and suggesting its officials(...)

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The National Security Agency is the largest employer of mathematicians in the US. Maths is a core discipline at the NSA, and mathematicians work on s(...)

Cache of leaked documents obtained by international media contains 11,000 leaked files with 4,600 individual records of Islamic State fighters. Photograph: Reuters

An Algerian-Irish citizen is among thousands of foreign fighters listed among Islamic State recruits in a cache of leaked documents obtained by inter(...)

An anti-government protester holds his iPhone with a sign ‘No Entry’ during a demonstration near the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Now that the US government has cracked open an iPhone that belonged to a gunman in the San Bernardino mass shooting without Apple’s help, the tech co(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: Open to allowing Japan and South Korea to build their own nuclear arsenalsPhotograph/Evan Vucci

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential frontrunner, has said that if elected, he might halt purchases of oil from Saudi Arabia and other Arab allie(...)

  Austrian Max Schrems  before  the verdict of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in   October 2015,  which led to the dismantling of the Safe Harbour agreement  which let companies  self-certify that they provided European-level privacy safeguards to European data held in the US.  Photograph:   Julien Warnand/EPA

Will Privacy Shield – the proposed replacement for the disgraced Safe Harbour data exchange principles – be a runner? Businesses on both sides of the (...)

Silvio Berlusconi is still a prominent figure and leads Forza Italia. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/ETA

Italy’s foreign ministry has summoned the US ambassador after media reports that American intelligence services tapped the telephones of former prime (...)

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