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  1. July 14, 2014

    Rights groups challenge UK mass surveillance in secret court

    An alleged mass surveillance programme by the UK government breaches human rights laws and the current legal framework is...

  2. July 13, 2014

    The right to be forgotten ruling leaves nagging doubts

    Last week Google created an advisory committee to help it implement the “right to be forgotten” online that has been...

  1. July 11, 2014

    Google council to advise on Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ online

    Google has created an advisory council to help deal with Europe’s “right to be forgotten” online, as the company attempts to...

  2. July 10, 2014

    UK unveils emergency data law to underpin security surveillance

    David Cameron is to push though emergency laws to allow police and security agencies to maintain access to phone and email...

  3. July 8, 2014

    From Paris’s Left Bank, tiny Qwant tries to take on Google

    In a small, dark office, off a cobbled courtyard tucked away in a quiet street of Paris’s Left Bank, Jean-Manuel Rozan is...

  4. July 4, 2014

    Russia clampdown stokes fears of Balkanisation of the web

    Concerns about the potential Balkanisation of the internet were heightened when Russia’s parliament passed a bill requiring...

  5. June 30, 2014

    EU slams US over Microsoft privacy case

    A US attempt to force Microsoft to hand over emails held on servers in Ireland has drawn a strong rebuke from Brussels in...

  6. June 24, 2014

    Theresa May attacks internet companies’ intrusion on privacy

    Theresa May accused internet companies of intruding on customers’ privacy for commercial gain as she tried to reignite her...

  7. June 22, 2014

    ‘Private internet’ FireChat app grows in popularity in Iraq

    A new chat app designed for use on planes and trains is soaring in popularity in Iraq, as users embrace a “private internet”...

  8. June 9, 2014

    The news baron battling Google

    Mathias Döpfner points from the window of his 18th floor office to the street where the Berlin Wall once ran. These days the...

  9. June 4, 2014

    US Senate considers ban on ‘stalking apps’

    Mobile phone apps that track users without their knowledge have been used in cases of domestic violence, stalking and...

  10. June 3, 2014

    Google receives rush of requests to delete search results

    Google has received more than 41,000 requests in four days from Europeans wanting the company to remove personal information...

  11. May 30, 2014

    Google privacy campaigner praises search engine for bowing to EU

    The man who brought the landmark internet privacy case against Google has praised the US group for allowing users to request...

  12. May 27, 2014

    Google could face ‘cyber courts’ in Germany over privacy rights

    Germany is considering the creation of special “cyber courts” to rule on clashes between individuals seeking to protect...

  13. May 27, 2014

    ‘Revenge porn’ laws spur liberties debate

    Lawmakers and courts across the world are moving towards criminalising one of the web’s more disturbing trends – angry exes,...

  14. May 22, 2014

    Facebook shakes up privacy policies

    Facebook is giving its 1.3bn users more control over their personal information in one of the biggest shifts of its privacy...

  15. May 21, 2014

    Google feels political wind shift against it in Europe

    Google has absorbed many blows in Europe over a torrid month: from court defeats over privacy to political jibes and even...

  16. May 15, 2014

    Google to implement EU privacy ruling ‘within weeks’

    Google is expected to create a mechanism to request the removal of search results within “weeks” following an EU ruling that...

  17. May 14, 2014

    Data protection agencies gain power from Google defeat

    Although it was Europe’s highest court that reinterpreted the bloc’s privacy directives for the internet age, the task of...

  18. May 14, 2014

    Google should not erase the web’s memory

    Perhaps the European Court of Justice wants to equal the US Supreme Court in a display of poor judgment. That might explain...

  19. May 14, 2014

    Google and the search for privacy

    In what now seems like a different lifetime I worked as a junior reporter on The Daily Telegraph, then a fusty, traditional...

  20. May 14, 2014

    Google admirer delivers bitter defeat on principle of privacy

    Mario Costeja González insists he has nothing against Google and its flagship search engine. He describes himself as a “fan”...

  21. May 13, 2014

    Europe’s Google privacy ruling brings risks

    Over the past year, European politics and public opinion have been vexed by the question of data privacy on the internet....

  22. May 13, 2014

    Web groups brace for flood of data requests

    Google and other US internet giants are braced for a blizzard of requests from European citizens demanding that sensitive...

  23. May 2, 2014

    White House study backs data-gathering

    US internet companies that collect masses of data about their users dodged a bullet on Thursday as a White House study...

  24. April 30, 2014

    Facebook looks to dominate mobile web

    Facebook launched a new plan to further dominate the mobile internet on Wednesday, announcing a mobile advertising network...

  25. April 22, 2014

    Mobile home screen fight begins as tech giants snap up super-apps

    First came free-to-play games, then chat apps. Now, some in the technology industry are predicting that the next mobile...

  26. April 20, 2014

    Washington on back foot in web negotiations

    A meeting in Brazil this week will reveal whether Washington has succeeded in preventing international anger over the Edward...

  27. April 10, 2014

    Microsoft cloud system wins EU privacy regulators’ approval

    Microsoft’s privacy changes to its online enterprise cloud storage system won EU regulators’ approval for meeting the bloc’s...

  28. April 8, 2014

    Watchdog to probe police ‘overuse’ of personal data

    Police may be overusing their power to access communications data from personal computers and mobile phones and should be...

  29. April 6, 2014

    GCHQ looks outside agency for new head

    Two civil service mandarins and a serving spy make up the shortlist of candidates to be the next head of GCHQ, as the...

  30. February 17, 2014

    Berlin must not erect a data wall

    Last October Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, discovered that the US security services regularly listened to her mobile...

  31. February 17, 2014

    Pipe dreams of bank payment methods become reality

    Imagine being able to send money to someone’s bank account when all you have is their mobile phone number. What if you could...

  32. February 12, 2014

    Turkey clampdown on internet adds to economic woes

    Why, in the first throes of a corruption scandal late last year, did Turkey’s government install a secret policeman as head...

  33. January 28, 2014

    Online privacy fears mount in the UK

    Six in 10 British internet users have become more worried about online privacy than they were a year ago, according to a...

  34. January 22, 2014

    Expert panel to investigate internet governance

    An independent commission of top-level international policy makers and politicians will open a two-year investigation into...

  35. January 16, 2014

    Google loses UK ruling on internet privacy case

    British internet users who are suing Google for allegedly breaching their privacy have won a legal challenge allowing them...

  36. December 17, 2013

    Edward Snowden offers Brazil help on spying in return for asylum

    Edward Snowden, the former US National Security Agency contractor, has offered to help Brazil investigate digital...

  37. December 16, 2013

    UK users sue Google for alleged breach of privacy

    Google is embroiled in a legal fight with UK internet users who are suing the internet giant for allegedly breaching their...

  38. December 11, 2013

    Silicon Valley must keep the spies out of its honey trap

    The internet and social network companies of Silicon Valley enjoy one of the world’s most attractive business models. Offer...

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