Edward Snowden's biggest legacy may not come from changed laws or powers — it may just be the way that the debate over privacy has forced big companies like Apple and Google to safeguard its customers' information in more ways.
Facebook said this week that governments are upping their demands for user data, renewing the focus on Internet privacy. But in the UK, the intelligence community's position is clear: The Internet is a breeding ground of crime and terror, and privacy should take a backseat.
We all know the saying about Vegas, but be aware that all of things that stay in Vegas still end up in the huge data repositories of casinos. Adam Tanner's new book tracks how they're vacuuming up every bit of information they can on their customers to keep people coming back.
This is the story of Bob and Jacqui — Bob Lambert was a British police spy who worked in counterterrorism and Jacqui fell in love with the man she thought was a Greenpeace activist. Now, decades later, their relationship is at the center of a lawsuit over "rape by the state."
WeChat does it all for almost 400 million users, from texting to paying bills. Now China's government will force Chinese users to register using their real names, sparking fears that the order is an attempt to clamp down on speech and privacy.
Whether by accident or design, President Obama chose an interesting day to deliver his speech on the future of government surveillance. The speech fell on the anniversary of President Eisenhower's Farewell Address, warning about the threat of the emerging national security state.
So a guy walks into a Toronto bar ... wait, you've heard this one already? Some 170 WiFi-based sensors have recently been installed in Toronto bars, cafes and restaurants to track customers' activity. The sensors can detect location data from smartphones and provides business owners with a profile of their customers.
The Tasmanian tiger was believed to have gone extinct in the wild back in the 1930s, but it may have been more resilient than we thought. An expedition says its found evidence that the creatures still exist. Plus the Philippines try to pick up the pieces after Typhoon Haiyan devastates the area. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.
When the revolution deposed President Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians thought they had gotten rid of censorship, too. But today's cartoon mocks the continuing censorship by the new military government. Also, why are Spaniards the most common cocaine users in Europe. And a Cold War-style confrontation is brewing between the US and China in the Pacific. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
Documents leaked by Edward Snowden have revealed widespread surveillance of ordinary people in many countries. Those in nations from Germany to Brazil have denounced the spying. But it hasn't really bothered the British.
In the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, Russia's intelligence agencies see a new opportunity to increase electronic surveillance of ordinary Russians. What's odd is that Russians don't seem to care.
Chinese pigs need a genetic upgrade, so Britain has graciously offered to help China at a $74 million per year price tag. China may not have bragged about its pigs, but an international test showed Chinese kids at the top of the class. But there's a catch. And Iceland grieves after the the police kill a man, for the first time in the country's history. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
The latest leaks from Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency even infiltrated and monitored online game networks in their pursuit of potential terrorists. And so many agents were involved in playing, they had to set up a system to keep from spying on each other.